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I would love to hear from everyone out there on any suggestions for a partial shade, acid soil area that needs a new bush to take up residence. I need something that grows relatively fast. I know I can consider the rhodendrens and azaleas route, but I don't think those are fast growers, right?. I just have a mental block on anything else I could consider. I need a bush to help screen out the view of my neighbors down hill from me. Any suggestions much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Lorapetalum 'Zhuzhou Fuchsia' is a fast grower. Dirr says that a 10 inch plant grew to 4 feet in a single season for him and that mature height estimate is 10 feet . I don't have one but think they are really lovely.
I love gardenias and I've tried them in my shady areas, but they got loaded with pests and died after two years. I drive around town and see established plants that people hack and shear and seem indestructible. I sprayed and babied and had no luck at all. Any hints for getting new ones established?
My mom had gardenias that were heirloom of sorts - and planted them in full sun mulched with pine straw. We'd have to adjust when the leaves got yellow every few years, but mostly they thrived and loved it. The ones we had were easy to root from cuttings too. What varieties are you getting?
I love Hydrangeas, camellias, azaleas, tea olive, banana shrub is primo, smells so good. Spreas are nice too, Boxwoods will take some shade, you could do sassanqua camellias also, in addition to the japonicas. You could also do ligustrum, I have found that they will grown in the partial shade, if you want big coverage fast, how about eleagnus, grows fast, gets really big and smells awesome in the spring.
I agree with Ginny - why not Camillias? You'll get a shrub that can go up to 8 feet or more and flowers during cooler weather. There's quite a few varieties for color choices too.. I don't recall ever seeing one that had pest problems - hardy growers up here. Evergreen too.
Cathy, I can't imagine what could cause a gardenia to fail to thrive in Summerville. I used to live there and that was one of those "you can't kill it" plants. Have you had your soil tested? How close to the house is this area where you want to plant. Often the lime from the concrete foundation will leach into the soil making it too alkaline for an acid lover like gardenias. If the growing conditions are not right the plant will be weaker and more suseptable to pests I would check the pH and try again; perhaps new ones will do beautifully.