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Old 04-23-2015, 09:59 PM
 
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Zone 5- I have 5 spots for large shrub/s and/or small tree/s, maximum 12' tall. I need suggestions for full sun, must tolerate varying degrees of wind, soil is good/healthy but can be amended to suit as needed.

Any flowers or berries produced must not be poisonous/dangerous to dogs.
Fall and/or winter color is welcomed.
No spireas, azaleas, boxwood, or lilacs.

Context: when I bought my house there was an ENORMOUS dying silver maple that totally overwhelmed the backyard. I dropped it about 4 years ago and have been waiting for the remainder of the stump to rot out. This is the year I focus on making my backyard wonderful. The area is fenced, so deer aren't an issue (in the backyard at least).

Look I am going for is lush, loose, country, natural, cottage-y.

I have my own ideas, but would appreciate hearing your suggestions. Thank you!
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I had a beautiful Rose of Sharon in zone 5. It flowered in late summer, when other things were pooped out, and it didn't require any care.
When I think of cottagey, I picture snow ball viburnum. With full sun, you have a wealth of choices.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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A shrub rose hardy in your area.
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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I had a beautiful Rose of Sharon in zone 5. It flowered in late summer, when other things were pooped out, and it didn't require any care.
When I think of cottagey, I picture snow ball viburnum. With full sun, you have a wealth of choices.
The snow ball viburnum will definitely work in at least one area, and I love that it is so indestructible and easy to shape. Good suggestion.
Rose of Sharon is a possibility, but I've never found one yet that I felt I had to have. I bet the hummingbirds would love them though so Rose of Sharon just made the list!
Thank you!
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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A shrub rose hardy in your area.
As much as I love shrub roses, they just aren't dog friendly so they can't go in the backyard However, I think there may be a spot for them in the front gardens- putting on list.
Good suggestion, thank you!
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Old 04-29-2015, 05:44 AM
 
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I do not like Rose of Sharon because they are invasive. I bought a house that had a "forest" of them in the back and they were starting to migrate farther and farther out of the garden bed. I had to chop them all down but the babies kept sprouting up everywhere. It was like a living hell every year to control them.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:21 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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LOL! We have Rose of Sharon - also zone 5. They are not invasive at all. We get very few of what you call 'babies'. They also do not draw the hummers in our experience... they chose other things in our yard.
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