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Old 04-08-2024, 10:30 AM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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I put in some dwarf fothergilla along the front of my house. It gets about three feet tall/wide, is a native plant with white puffy blossoms in the spring and beautiful orange/red/gold leaves in the autumn.

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/f...illa-gardenii/
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Old 04-08-2024, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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It's too small a space for a shrub, and not the right place for a specimen plant.

How about some perennials to contrast with your hostas?

Veronica: https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/...genus=veronica

or foxglove: https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/...enus=digitalis

or this dark astilbe: https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/ASDS
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Old 04-10-2024, 07:33 AM
 
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It's too small a space for a shrub, and not the right place for a specimen plant.

How about some perennials to contrast with your hostas?

Veronica: https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/...genus=veronica

or foxglove: https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/...enus=digitalis

or this dark astilbe: https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/ASDS

You may be right, but there's been one there since forever. I like the idea of something with some height in the middle. I might satisfy that by moving the hanging basket holder there.
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Old 04-10-2024, 08:27 AM
 
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Whatever you choose, I think 3 of them would make more sense than one plopped in the center. If the one in the center is flanked with one on each side, I think it would look more intentional.
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Old 04-10-2024, 08:40 AM
 
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Whatever you choose, I think 3 of them would make more sense than one plopped in the center. If the one in the center is flanked with one on each side, I think it would look more intentional.
I think three would definitely be 'busy' there. Rethinking moving the basket holder now, and will probably just put a 'window sill' type planter on the porch rail with some creeping color.
Thanks again for the suggestions!
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Old 04-10-2024, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I think three would definitely be 'busy' there. Rethinking moving the basket holder now, and will probably just put a 'window sill' type planter on the porch rail with some creeping color.
Thanks again for the suggestions!
That would look nice.
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Old 04-10-2024, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I think three would definitely be 'busy' there. Rethinking moving the basket holder now, and will probably just put a 'window sill' type planter on the porch rail with some creeping color.
Thanks again for the suggestions!
That sounds like the best idea yet.
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Old 04-10-2024, 02:40 PM
 
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Boxwoods are a favorite in VA, but are subject to the Boxwood Blight for which treatment is difficult. It's not widespread yet in NB.

Viburnums seem to do well in NB. They respond well to pruning and thrive on neglect after the first year. https://unlgardens.unl.edu/viburnums
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Old 04-10-2024, 04:25 PM
 
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NB? I put a couple small boxwoods in early last fall that look like they didn't make it. They were the last of the 'neglected' stock somewhere, so the cost was insignificant. I think I'm going to look for a couple of the Cryptomeria that ChessieMom suggested to replace them.
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Old 04-11-2024, 06:39 AM
 
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There are also dwarf hollies and yew that will take the cold, if boxwoods don’t.

I recommend pulling out the plastic edging and making the bed at least 3 ft. wider. Put your shrubs closest to the house as your foundation planting. Transplant the hostas in front of them.
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