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Old 06-28-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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I live in the Raleigh NC area. My house faces NNW, and gets mostly morning sun due to tall pine tree cover and one large oak8 ft. from my front porch. We have some scraggly azaleas in front of the front porch, and a couple of huge boxwoods as well. I should say we "had" those plants. We cut them down in a pruning fit. What to replace them with?

Soil is horrible. Mostly compacted clay. Roots from big oak make planting difficult. I can re-condition the soil where the old plants were. That's about 2-3 ft. from the front of the porch. Can't spend a ton of money, but will invest some.

Help is appreciated.

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Streamer1212
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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Your best bet is to look for a native shrub that tolerates part sun and dry conditions. One shrub like that would be "Sweetshrub" aka Carolina Allspice. Here's a way to actually look for the kind of shrub you want.

Recommended Native Species - Growing Native! - NC Native Plant Society

Small Shrubs for North Carolina

SHRUBS 4-8' FOR NORTH CAROLINA LANDSCAPES
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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Cool We want a shrubbery!!!!!!


YouTube - ‪Shrubbery‬‏
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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The Spice Bush mentioned is a good option. We have a native species in California and I often wonder why it isn't planted more often.

Calycanthus occidentalis Spice Bush

calycanthus occidentalis - Google Search

Viburnums are also excellent shrubs. Viburnum opulus and V trilubum are good shrubs. There are also evergreen species.

viburnum opulus - Google Search

Photinia is a good evergreen shrub (evergreen down to about zone 7). Red-tip Photinia is the most common. The new growth is reddish, then turns green.

Red-Tip Photinia Flowering Shrubs and Nursery Tree Seedlings
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Reston
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You are lucky to be near a lot of great nurseries, including Camellia Forest Nursery. Camellia Forest has a lot of unusual trees and shrubs in addition to camellias. They even sell camellia seeds (which are quite large and easy to grow)-

Camellia Forest Nursery - Camellias shipped to your door!
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