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Old 06-15-2019, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Watch out on some viburnums. I have one
I've been tempted to remove several times. While the height is fine, about 7 feet, I like the lighter green leaves the flowers attracting beneficial insects and berries for birds. Down side, it produces lots of suckers that I really have a hard time controlling. But maybe the dwarf varieties are less of a trouble.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:01 AM
 
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Spirea are good. So are azaleas.

I wouldn't rule out viburnums. There are dwarf varieties, such as Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’, which are under 3 feet.

https://www.finegardening.com/articl...rsatile-shrubs

We have several lacecap viburnums that I wonder if they'll ever get to be three foot tall.

Our Korean Spice is supposed to reach 5 or 6 ft. Spring Bouquets are supposed to get 6 ft.

https://www.gardenersworld.com/plant...rnums-to-grow/
Yes, if the OP could find that viburnum that appears to have a horizontal growth pattern, that might work if there enough space between the azaleas they have but planted staggered, forward of the azaleas.

I have a dwarf Viburnum and it’s 3 feet tall already which might be the height of the azaleas in the photos?

I also have a Korean Viburnum, planted it less than two years ago and it’s already 8 feet tall, it grew like a weed?

I do understand that the OP mentioned that it’s only part sun so that will definitely slow down the growth of most shrubs. One other possibility that comes to mind is an Otto Luyken Laurel that is an attractive shrub that tolerates trimming and it could be kept to a moderate height lower than the azaleas in the background. I believe they get about 5 feet wide.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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You have to incorporate some gardenias. They aren't expensive either.
They are evergreen, which will be nice in winter, and when they bloom, which is often here in SC,
your front yard will smell heavenly. Get August Beauty, very common here, and also some Radicans.
The radicans are the low growing gardenias that grow like a spreading vine/bush.
I have them, very little care, just mulch them for the first year or two.
If the gardenia bushes get too tall, you can easily cut them down, they take a good trim with no
problem.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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You have to incorporate some gardenias. They aren't expensive either.
They are evergreen, which will be nice in winter, and when they bloom, which is often here in SC,
your front yard will smell heavenly. Get August Beauty, very common here, and also some Radicans.
The radicans are the low growing gardenias that grow like a spreading vine/bush.
I have them, very little care, just mulch them for the first year or two.
If the gardenia bushes get too tall, you can easily cut them down, they take a good trim with no
problem.
I have some old ones, no idea what cultivar they are. They smell nice, but on some days they can be overpowering.

They are super easy to propagate though, I’ve never had a gardenia cutting fail to root.
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