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Beginner Gardening: Plant suggestions North/West L-shaped house

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Madison, AL

July 5, 2012
12:48 PM

Post #9194167

Our foundation garden in the front of our home is posing quite a problem for us. Everything that the builder put in has died due to the odd location and lighting issues. The location is on the North side of our attached garage, but on the West side of the house. (Looks like a capital L). The problem? In WINTER the garden area (10x20) is full SHADE. In SUMMER it gets full evening SUN (4-7 hrs worth as the shade disappears). (The five feet closest to the garage wall only get about 4 hours worth of sun in mid-summer.)
I do NOT want to plant annuals and perennials in this location. I also do not want anything over 4 feet tall with the exception of something like skyrocket junipers (ie no trees or massive shrubs) because I do not want to block out any of the sunlight that comes in that window. I have two abelias planted in the front half that are doing very well, but don't want a 10x20 abelias only garden :) Someone suggested deciduous shrubs - but don't they need some sun even when they don't have their leaves? Please help! I'm in zone 7a...
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #9194660

Sun won't do much for plants that don't have leaves, so I wouldn't worry too much about the deciduous shrubs not having sun during the wintertime. You're better off focusing on finding things that can handle that late afternoon sun in the summer.
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 6, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9195783

I immediately thought of ferns; there is a variety. I think boxwoods and camellia might do well. Hydrangea?
Also, take a clipboard & pencil to a local nursery and ask & take notes.


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 6, 2012
9:58 PM

Post #9196064

Weigela? Viburnum? Itea? Spirea Japonica?

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