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I just planted a backyard shade garden, and am currently planning a bird-attracting mixed shrub border.
The new garden borders a patio on two sides. The back is meant to screen a house about 10-20 feet from our property line, and is planted with leyland cypress and variegated red-twig dogwood, three each.
The side borders a little used neighbor's yard, so didn't need serious screening. I planted a coastal leucothoe, a redvein enkianthus, a doublefile viburnam "shasta", three oak-leaf hydrangea and a rosebay maximum rhododendron. The rhododendron is the biggest plant, for the rest we went for smaller plants for economy.
Behind both sides is a chain-link fence. I planted three sweet autumn clematis, a flame(?) climbing honeysuckle, and a climbing hydrangea.
Already present: Two large old rhododendrons, some yew, an azalea and five trees: one old oak, a huge shade tree we can't identify, a scrub tree of some kind that we don't want to cut down for screening purposes, and a very tall narrow conifer of some kind. As you can tell trees are not my forte.
I've had so much fun, now I'm thinking about a shrub/perennial garden in my front yard, too!
I live in: United States
My zone is: z6 MA
My favorite forum 1 is Shrubs.
My favorite forum 2 is Wildlife Garden.
First registered on May 03,2004.