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Old 05-15-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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I recently created a plant bed that surrounds two bradford pears. I have about six feet of space between them to fill in. When the trees have their leaves, the spot is mostly shade, but gets some morning sun and some dappled sun later on. Soil is alkaline.

I'm looking to put a decently sized shrub between them (as big as 4x4 or a pair of smaller ones). The problem is most of the pretty ones I find like full sun or want super moist soil. The area I'm in is currently in a drought and I need something that can tolerate a once a week watering schedule due to the watering restrictions in place.

Any ideas? Green or silver or blue, flowers, thorns... I like the looks of wormwood and germander, but am not sure they can take too much shade. I've already ruled out boxwood because I have a foundation hedge of it.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:16 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Selecting Shrubs for Your Home - Sort by Tolerance
This might be of some help. Looks like a lot of these either require moist soil or are too large for what you want, but it looks like there are some that might suit your needs. St Johns Wort looks likely.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Reston
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How about a nice Pittosporum?

Shrubs: Pittosporum tobira
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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tea olive will work

Amend the hole with some better soil, but they will grow over a limestone.
HGIC 1083 Tea Olive : Extension : Clemson University : South Carolina

podocarpus
Floridata: Podocarpus macrophylla

natal plum is a favoriate but has thorns

taxas sage or princess flower?
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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The pittosporum sounds nice, especially the dwarf variety. Not sure if I've seen that in the nurseries around here.

Texas Sage is a definite option too.

I think tea olive would get too big for that spot, but there's a purple leaf plum tree I've been thinking about ripping out (had to prune off half the branches on one side that died during winter, so now it's lopsided).
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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This: it is a native of the South and North America's only native Hydrangea species I believe.

Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, and Vines at the Country Store and Gardens, Vashon Island
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Ni!!
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Have you checked with your Shrubber? I've used Roger The Shrubber in the past and he's pretty good tho a bit judgemental.

Whatever you decide I might suggest on getting a second shrub and plant it slightly higher so that you get a two-level effect and maybe have a little path running down the middle....a path....a path!
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