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Old 09-10-2010, 03:27 PM
Location: NYC
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Please help because I have no green thumb. Along the right edge of my garden I have really tall bushes and throughout my yard i have a lawn. My grass looks really good everywhere except right next to the tall bushes. I tried seeding, but the grass never seems to grow in healthy, so I am going to plan B-planting something. Due to the lack of sun, I was thinking to plant
a)boxwoods or some similar plant to give this area a bit more definition
b) some perennial of sort that gives the maximum punch of color throughout the year, like a shorter bush, tree or shrub.

Please help with your suggestions!

ETA: I am in the coastal NYC area and have no deer or slugs

Last edited by UpIslander; 09-10-2010 at 04:14 PM..
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:58 PM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I'm not sure I'm understanding what you mean, but firstly, my boxwoods are in full sun, so it doesn't sound like a good idea. I have had good luck with liriope in partial shade in between shrubs and grass, and it spreads and fills in after a few years. It has grass like leaves, is about 12" tall and gets either purple or white flower stalks. A row of hostas would work too, but the deer and slugs love them, so if you have a lot of either, stick with the liriope.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:22 PM
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Some pics of your yard would help.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:29 PM
Location: rain city
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liriope may be a good suggestion for your problem. It requires almost no care, thrives just about everywhere and fills in nicely. It flowers in the spring and can be divided for new starts.

Because your grass is green and the backround shrubbery is green, you may want to consider a more colorful variegated variety for the border.
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