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Old 02-15-2013, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Arezzo, Italy and Lewes, DE
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Spring is coming! I need a source or ideas for plants that do well in DE soil and climate. I need to replace builder's shrubs and plants with my own and am not sure what will do well there. I will stop by a local nursery when I get back there in April, but was wondering if anyone had ideas for some interesting stuff. For example, lavender? Rosemary? (not exactly shrubs). Azalea? Roses? Do these do well? or Hydrangea? Birch trees? Crape myrtle? Just looking for some ideas. I would also like to have a fig tree and even a laurel bush. Is there laurel around that you can use for bay leaves in cooking?

I see a lot of deer around, but they don't look very hungry. They seem to stick to the edges of the woods. But I don't want to attract them with something they can't resist!
Anyway, if anyone has some advice, or favorite plants, I would be happy to know about it.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Crepe Myrtles seem to do very well in Lower Delaware, including what I would think are the not especially good soils of Rehoboth and Lewes. Ditto hydrangeas. These are just my observations as a visitor to Sussex, since I live in northern New Castle Co., where the vegetation and soil are certainly different. Crepe Myrtles seem to bloom significantly earlier in Sussex than they do up here in New Castle Co.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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My favorite is holly. It is pretty year around and requires little upkeep. We have done well with azaleas,rhododendruns (sp) and roses. Daffodils and tulips do well for us also. They don't last long but we enjoy our snow crocus every spring . They are out now. We also have forsythia. One caution I once planted a few mint plants. They can take over.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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Knock Out Roses, win by a mile!!! They bloom from Spring until late Fall, are carefree and disease/bug resistant. I never knew what they were until a couple of years ago, and have seen them in parks, around casinos, and pubic buildings. They look like a hedge when planted close together, but can be planted in groups. They come in red, or shades of pinks. Most Kent and Sussex County nursery stores carry them, even Walmart! Don't order them from a mail order company. You want the "Delaware" kind!
'Knock Out' Roses — Ohio State University Extension
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Arezzo, Italy and Lewes, DE
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I love roses but have stayed away from them because of black spot and other diseases. Even Japanese beetles. If I could make the Knock Out roses work I would be in heaven. I love crape myrtles and azaleas, just didn't know if they would work there due to soil or sun. I was told by a friend that holly is abundant and native, there is even a Holly Lane or Holly Mount or something like that just off Rt. 24 with a magnificent display of holly. I have woods in my back yard and I think it would be a good idea to have a few. There are one or two already, but I think there may be different types that I could add. There are crocus already? Do the deer hunt for daffodils? Does anyone have hostas? Or do snails get them.
Thanks for the responses so far. Is there a nursery or garden center that is recommended? I don't have the money for a landscape architect, and I am a little too "do it myself" for that, but nurseries sometimes have good staff that can advise.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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There are crocus already? Yes have had some a day or 2 now.
Do the deer hunt for daffodils? We do have deer come into our park at night and I have never seen any damage to daffodils.
Is there a nursery or garden center that is recommended? The independent ones that I used years ago seem to have disappeared.
I'm not trying to be funny. Just experienced. Remember you have to cut around trim and weed all the really nice thing you plant.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:54 PM
 
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I love roses but have stayed away from them because of black spot and other diseases. Even Japanese beetles. If I could make the Knock Out roses work I would be in heaven. I love crape myrtles and azaleas, just didn't know if they would work there due to soil or sun. I was told by a friend that holly is abundant and native, there is even a Holly Lane or Holly Mount or something like that just off Rt. 24 with a magnificent display of holly. I have woods in my back yard and I think it would be a good idea to have a few. There are one or two already, but I think there may be different types that I could add. There are crocus already? Do the deer hunt for daffodils? Does anyone have hostas? Or do snails get them.
Thanks for the responses so far. Is there a nursery or garden center that is recommended? I don't have the money for a landscape architect, and I am a little too "do it myself" for that, but nurseries sometimes have good staff that can advise.
Knock Out Roses are fool proof! They are nothing like all of the other roses which get black spot, bugs and such. That's why all the casinos and public buildings have so many of them. We got ours at Ronnie's Market just a little north of Smyrna, on Rt. 13. But I bought 2 from Walmart, and they are just as good. I don't do anything to them, don't spray them, and don't even prune them. Yes, there are lots of "Holly" roads, lanes, springs, and lakes. That's our tree. Squirrels dig up daffodil and tulip bulbs (their first choice). They eat them like popcorn. Deer eat anything and then, stare you down!
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:35 PM
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Location: Ocean View, DE
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I agree that Crepe Myrtles and the Knock Out Roses fare well in southern Delaware. Also--my husband had Leyland Cypress trees planted all around our backyard for privacy ten years ago, and we have not had any issues with them at all other than they grow fast and require trimming every year so they don't hang over into our neighbor's yard.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:37 PM
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Location: Ocean View, DE
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Oh, and we've had many deer eat our plants and flowers. They walk right into our front and back yards without a care. They really LOVE our Hostas.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Toms River NJ
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I am enjoying this post! We had no landscaping other than a few shrubs in the front of the house. Last Spring we started by adding a few things. Knockout roses are awesome. They bloomed beautifully with very little care and provided constant color. I have always loved crepe myrtles so we decided to try one to see how it would do. It did well but I am anxious to see how it blooms this year. Also tried hydrangeas which required non stop watering to look their best. We don't have deer but we did have some nasty grubs that attacked our lawn and hostas! We have a suspicion that they may have been in the mulch that was used around the house. This Spring we will need to do some lawn repair and would like to add some more plants and shrubs. Any suggestions for a good wind blocking shrub?
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