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Old 03-11-2008, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Oz
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I need attractive shrubs (flowering/evergreen of some sort would be nice). I need them to grow no more than 3 feet high maximum, and to be able to survive Kansas City winters. They would be planted in a full-sun site.

No little path though.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I need attractive shrubs (flowering/evergreen of some sort would be nice). I need them to grow no more than 3 feet high maximum, and to be able to survive Kansas City winters. They would be planted in a full-sun site.

No little path though.
Have you considered rhododendron? Over time they could get bigger than 3', but they're slow growers and you could prune them. They have big, evergreen leaves and put out bright pink or purple flowers in the spring. If I have one growing here in Denver, you could grow them there. Actually, I know I've seen them in KC. I just need to fertilize mine twice a year with acidic fertilizer because broadleaf evergreens like acid and we have very alkeline soil here.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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Hebe Society - Home Page

Hebes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, colours and flowers, are evergreen and I think should be OK in Kansas.
Hebe (plant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


USNA - USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: South-Midwest US

The hardiness zone map is really useful for checking suitable plants.

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Old 03-11-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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There are some dwarf lilacs out there; Miss Kim is one variety.

A shrub I really like is English boxwood -- it's evergreen but has broad leaves instead of needles. It grows slowly and is easy to prune.

If you don't mind pinchy bushes, red barberry bushes are attractive, but their flowers are inconsequential (and attract bees) and they're not evergreen.

Some other evergreens that are pretty are creeping junipers and mugho pines.

Just don't try to cut down any trees with herrings.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Oz
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Actually "pinchy" bushes wouldn't be bad, because these are going into a bed in front of some low windows. Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! Giving reps all around...
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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There are some dwarf lilacs out there; Miss Kim is one variety.

A shrub I really like is English boxwood -- it's evergreen but has broad leaves instead of needles. It grows slowly and is easy to prune.

If you don't mind pinchy bushes, red barberry bushes are attractive, but their flowers are inconsequential (and attract bees) and they're not evergreen.

Some other evergreens that are pretty are creeping junipers and mugho pines.

Just don't try to cut down any trees with herrings.
I have two varieties of Boxwood that do great in Denver. I love the year round green.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Yews are very nice. They're a bit slow growing but they're tough, well-behaved and take been trimmed well. I like the somewhat delicate look of yews.

I have several and they take Tennessee winters with no problem (you might be a bit colder in KC but not so terribly much).
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:21 PM
 
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This is the best name for a thread I've ever seen on city-data. Love it!

I love azaleas and rhododendrons. Just be wary because not all varieties are evergreen and most varieties don't do well in full sun. The experts at your local nursery should be able to help you find the right plant for your location.
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Oz
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This is the best name for a thread I've ever seen on city-data. Love it!
What can I say, I'm a geek and I like Python. Thanks for the suggestions!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I need attractive shrubs (flowering/evergreen of some sort would be nice). I need them to grow no more than 3 feet high maximum, and to be able to survive Kansas City winters. They would be planted in a full-sun site.

No little path though.
You are WAY cool, your clearly a Monty Python fan.

I love references like that.
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