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Old 03-28-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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Again, thanks for all the comments. Loropetalum varieties are very popular around here, but I'm a little afraid of 'em. Everything seems to grow faster and taller in this climate, and the loropetalums are no exceptions. Since yours truly will be the one who does the pruning, I'm holding out for low and slow. I'm also concerned I'll end up with a landscaped wall appearance, rather than individual free-form bushes.

Our local nurseryman called yesterday, to say he was getting in a new shipment of Abelia Kaleidoscope, which (according to him) have become very popular with the area landscapers. I've never heard of 'em, but their marketing guys do a nice sell-job on their website - Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' - and they also seem to satisfy my wish list pretty well. Anybody have any experience with 'em? Thanks.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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Nice varigation on the leaves. I've seen them but haven't planted any.

There are cultivars of Loropetlums that stay compact like Abelia Kaleidoscope.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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We need to replace the landscaping shrubs located directly in front of our home (see pic below). We've talked with our local nurseries but haven't come up with anything that meets our preferences. If anyone has any suggestions, we'd love to hear 'em.

- Planting zone 8, coastal SC with sandy, well-draining soil.
- Irrigation is available
- Eastward facing, with often intense sun during the morning, then shaded by the house
- Maximum 2-3' height, free-form shape that does not require frequent pruning
- Maintains leaf presence all season
- Flowering (other than white) is fine but not a requirement.
- My LW does not want knock out roses or encore azaleas.

Thanks for any suggestions!
Has anyone recommended native deciduous azaleas? There are cultivars which are fragrant, and which are shorter than others. If you'd enjoy these, I'd recommend Meadowbrook nursery (Meadowbrook Nursery: Ed Egan Yellow Deciduous Azalea)

You can do a search on the site, but a couple of 3 ft shrubs appear below:
http://www.we-du.com/azaleas/azahybmill.html
http://www.we-du.com/azaleas/azaspehho.html
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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Has anyone recommended native deciduous azaleas?
Thanks for your feedback, but deciduous doesn't work for us in this particular location. I luv native azaleas in the right location, but I'm not sure they would survive the intense morning sun this location gets.

Thanks to everyone for their help and feedback. My LW has settled on the Abelia Kaleidoscopes. I envision a busy Easter weekend.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Thanks for your feedback, but deciduous doesn't work for us in this particular location. I luv native azaleas in the right location, but I'm not sure they would survive the intense morning sun this location gets.

Thanks to everyone for their help and feedback. My LW has settled on the Abelia Kaleidoscopes. I envision a busy Easter weekend.
Pics when done please. It's the least you can do.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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Pics when done please. It's the least you can do.
Oops, sorry. Haven't been back in here since I got all the good help last year. We've been very pleased with the abelia. They are slow growing (I luv it!) but we really like the color and the free-form shape. I think they're going to grow in nicely to the space we have for them.



In fact, my wife liked them so well, earlier this week I was assigned to yank out some hawthornes that had never done well and drop in 3 more abelias. It will be a little bare this year, but hopefully will fill in okay. Happy Easter everybody!

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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