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Old 04-04-2024, 10:37 AM
 
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Nebraska City, zone 6a (recent change, I think). Whatever woody tree/shrub was in the middle front of the porch is dead dead. Picture in bloom is from July, other picture is today. House faces east, so this area was already in shade at 10:30, and may only get another hour or so as the season progresses.

I'd like something that doesn't get much bigger than the other shrub at the corner. I expect a local nursery can answer definitively, but I like to have at least some kind of clue when I go in there!

Any help appreciated...
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Old 04-05-2024, 11:39 AM
 
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You don't say if you want a flowering shrub, an evergreen, or what.

But, I have three of these and will probably be getting at least one more. I love them.

https://www.plantingtree.com/product...a-globosa-nana
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Old 04-06-2024, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Are the hostas still there? How about a dwarf azalea? Choose one that only gets 2-3’ tall. Really, I don’t think you need anything.
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Old 04-06-2024, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Capital Region, NY
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I think boxwoods would look good in there, maybe three or four. You could plant some colorful flowers along the front.
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Old 04-06-2024, 03:45 PM
 
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I would suggest Carolina Rhododendron. It's shade-loving and a flowering evergreen.
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Old 04-06-2024, 04:35 PM
 
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Are the hostas still there? How about a dwarf azalea? Choose one that only gets 2-3’ tall. Really, I don’t think you need anything.

Yes, the hostas will come back. I probably don't need anything, but I think I want something. If I'm digging up the old, I may as well put something back. Maybe not.

I like what ChessieMom suggested. Not sure I've seen it before.

Thanks for the other suggestions as well!


I'll also be doing away with that plastic 'fence' and putting a simple two-level paver border around the porch bedding areas.
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Old 04-06-2024, 08:55 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Might also try a hydrangea if you go for one of the smaller ones. I have a Limelight (?) that has done well. Same for a Strawberry Vanilla in mostly shade, but you would have to check it's size as mine is 6-7' after 10 years. Same for something like a red twig dogwood.
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Old 04-07-2024, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I'm a fan of the Dwarf Albert Spruce mushroom style. Gives it character, color and looks awesome in the snow. Plus little maintenance
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Old 04-08-2024, 09:38 AM
 
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I'm a fan of the Dwarf Albert Spruce mushroom style. Gives it character, color and looks awesome in the snow. Plus little maintenance
They are picky. I have tried three of them over the years, and every one of them died within 2 years. Yet my BF who is an hour south of me, in nearly a zone 9, has had one for about 5 years now and it is thriving.
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Old 04-08-2024, 09:42 AM
 
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Yes, the hostas will come back. I probably don't need anything, but I think I want something. If I'm digging up the old, I may as well put something back. Maybe not.

I like what ChessieMom suggested. Not sure I've seen it before.

Thanks for the other suggestions as well!


I'll also be doing away with that plastic 'fence' and putting a simple two-level paver border around the porch bedding areas.
It is becoming much more common the last few years. I purchased mine at HD about 4 years ago, and they have had them there every year since. I also just saw a bunch of them yesterday in a local garden center. They really are nice looking shrubs - and absolutely zero maintenance.
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