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I am redoing the garden area in front of my house, and am looking for advice on upright evergreen shrubs. The area is about 25'x8', and I'm thinking of having a back row of upright evergreens, and for the front row, I am probably going to do red roses, possibly Austins.
I'd like the back row evergreens to be about 5-7', and taller than they are wide. They have to be compact, since it's right against the house. They would be either some variety of pine, or an evergreen flowering shrub, preferably one that blooms in late winter/early spring, so it doesn't compete with the roses.
The area runs along the house, and is on a slight slope down towards the right and front. It gets mostly full sun, with a bit of dappled shade. I am in zone 7b. Soil is pretty good, and amended with compost.
There are lots and lots of beautiful dwarf conifers and that would be my choice but you'll need to have some patience since they grow
very slowly. Try a Cryptomeria Japonica 'Black dragon' or Hinoki cypress. Both are sold at Lowes. If you can spend a bit of money,
go on line and check out some other more exotic ones like a dwarf Bosnian bell pine. All of these are wonderful everygreen trees.
And...deer do not like them!