In one of the barest corners of the back garden I wanted something that would fill the space and be evergreen. I chose a viburnum called "leatherleaf". This is an evergreen viburnum with shiny, thick, puckered leaves. It had white flowers in the spring and has doubled in size. It can grow six to ten feet high and spread six to ten feet.
|Fothergilla Blue Sjadow|
One bush I have never had is a fothergilla which was planted in the middle of the back garden. It had white flowers in early spring and has powder blue leaves. I am waiting for the striking fall colors of the leaves in autumn that I have read about. It has suddenly doubled in size and can get four to six feet high and wide.
|Dragon Lady Hollies|
There are six dragon lady hollies planted along the fence in the back garden. They had tiny, white flowers in the spring, and now have lots of green berries that will turn red in fall. They are starting to fill out, but are supposed to keep their columnar shape and can grow ten to twenty feet, but will only get four to six feet wide.
|Azalea Encore Autumn Chiffon|
In the back garden there are three azalea bushes, one of which was planted here years ago that blooms in the spring with white flowers. The other two are recently planted Encore azaleas that bloom spring, summer and fall. One is white azalea called Encore Autumn Moonlight which can grow to five feet, and this bicolor azalea pictured above called Encore Autumn Chiffon whose flowers are bicolor pink and white. This azalea will only get 21/2 feet tall and three feet wide. They bloomed in the spring, but I am waiting to see if the Encore varieties bloom in summer and again in the fall.
There are six dwarf nandina bushes in the back garden, three on each end of the garden that were planted many years ago. Some have not been pruned and were very leggy. In March I pruned them, and they will need more pruning next spring.Here is one of the nicer looking bushes with lots of white flowers that will turn into red berries in the fall.
|back garden with pink begonias|
I took out the tired looking pansies and planted pink begonias along the wall in the back garden. I wanted a flowering shade annual for some color and these looked so beautiful at the garden center.