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Old 03-11-2013, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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In my front yard there is a small border type garden. Either the builder, or the previous owners, put 3 small bushes there. I don't know what type of plant they are, but I hate them. They have very sharp little spiky thorns, so I really don't know the best way to trim them. They grow little red berries in the winter. In the fall, leaves blow into them and since they are so sharp/spiky, they are a pain to clean out, so they go unmaintained and look awful.

I would like to get rid of them and plant something else, any ideas? I am NOT a gardener, and would prefer something as maintenance free as possible. Something that looks nice (flowers, pretty leaves, etc.) in many seasons is a plus. The area in question gets mostly shade in the morning, and full sun in the late afternoon.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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In my front yard there is a small border type garden. Either the builder, or the previous owners, put 3 small bushes there. I don't know what type of plant they are, but I hate them. They have very sharp little spiky thorns, so I really don't know the best way to trim them. They grow little red berries in the winter. In the fall, leaves blow into them and since they are so sharp/spiky, they are a pain to clean out, so they go unmaintained and look awful.

I would like to get rid of them and plant something else, any ideas? I am NOT a gardener, and would prefer something as maintenance free as possible. Something that looks nice (flowers, pretty leaves, etc.) in many seasons is a plus. The area in question gets mostly shade in the morning, and full sun in the late afternoon.
If you want something that grows easily in NOVA, judging by my yard, I'd say clover and blackberry brambles.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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Bamboo seems to take pretty well here. Many people have a decorative hedge of bambo in the Falls Church area.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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Boxwoods do well here and can tolerate the conditions you described. They have to be shaped infrequently. You'll find several different types of boxwoods (their leaves differ, and they vary by height and width to which they grow) at garden stores and maybe at Home Depot or Lowe's. They don't flower.

Azaleas and rhododendrons have beautiful spring flowers, but they do not like full sun or exposure to wind.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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In my front yard there is a small border type garden. Either the builder, or the previous owners, put 3 small bushes there. I don't know what type of plant they are, but I hate them. They have very sharp little spiky thorns, so I really don't know the best way to trim them. They grow little red berries in the winter. In the fall, leaves blow into them and since they are so sharp/spiky, they are a pain to clean out, so they go unmaintained and look awful.

I would like to get rid of them and plant something else, any ideas? I am NOT a gardener, and would prefer something as maintenance free as possible. Something that looks nice (flowers, pretty leaves, etc.) in many seasons is a plus. The area in question gets mostly shade in the morning, and full sun in the late afternoon.
That sounds like holly (we ripped ours out - Painfully!)
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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Boxwoods do well here and can tolerate the conditions you described. They have to be shaped infrequently. You'll find several different types of boxwoods (their leaves differ, and they vary by height and width to which they grow) at garden stores and maybe at Home Depot or Lowe's. They don't flower.

Azaleas and rhododendrons have beautiful spring flowers, but they do not like full sun or exposure to wind.
Thanks! I think boxwoods sound like they could be nice to replace what is there now!
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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That sounds like holly (we ripped ours out - Painfully!)
I started trying to find it, and I think it actually might be barberry. One blog I saw mentioned that they were good for creating contrasting colors in gardens...which is true. It has kind of a redish/purplish leaf...but I still don't like it!
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:46 PM
 
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probably crimson barberry. I have a "no thorns" rule for my gardens.

What does well here:
azaleas
hydrangeas
day lillies
daffodils
hosta (in shade, and if deer aren't a problem in your yard)
boxwood
cedar
dahlias
hellebores
sasanqua camellias (fall blooming)
forsythia
cherry trees
iris
cannas
golddust acuba (I think I'm remembering the name correctly)
magnolias (later blooming varieties)
dogwoods
crape myrtle
liriope
wygelia
spirea
shasta daisies
ornamental grasses such as zebra, fountain, pampas, etc.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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What will grow in your yard will depend on your environment. Is it shady or sunny? Does your yard stay wet after a rain or does the grass brown in summer? What color is your soil, is it an orangey clay or coffee grounds brown?

Best thing to do is go to the garden center nearest you and ask them. Lots of stuff grows here, but you need the plants that work for your environment, space available and amount of effort you want to put in gardening.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Thanks! I think boxwoods sound like they could be nice to replace what is there now!
(It won't let me give you reputation--I've given it to you too recently )
Boxwood smells like cat pee. I'd go with azaleas.
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