Suggestion for medium size bush?

Suggestion for medium size bush?


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Old 11-29-2018, 06:03 AM
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Be sure to note the level of cold a given plant can stand.

The occasional below freezing winter days takes toll of tropical plants.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by HandyGrandpap View Post
Seeking medium size bush would be below a window so not to get too big. They will be in an area where sprinklers do not reach. Any suggestions? Also where is a good lawn garden shop that you would suggest to view a good selection of what would work in this area.
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It is great that you have the good cents to research BEFORE YOU PLANT.

You mention size, no sprinklers but not sun exposure.

We are going into,"winter," now is a good time to do a soil test and add any amendments. Most of the villages has sandy, limestone filled clay. Unless your location is unusual
you should add like 6 inches of organic matter and stur it in
to about the top two feet. Close to your home you will very likely find the builders left behind cement etc.

The cooperative extension likely has a list of suggested plants. The internet makes it easy to research each plant
for how it looks, pluses and minuses.

Even potted plants will need to be babied the first year till they root in.

You will need a TOUGH PLANT as that spot will run both too wet-due to water coming off of your home to too dry-due to lack of sprinklers.
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:56 PM
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That is why you look for a plant for our zone....9a. The plants for our zone would be able to tolerate the temperature extremes we have.
Old 12-01-2018, 08:07 PM
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A good rule of thumb is to look at plants The Villages plants and, importantly, where they plant them. They have mastered appropriate use of plant materials in our zone. Drive around and look at plants they use in large open areas, near buildings, and even ground covers where turf once grew.
Old 12-02-2018, 07:39 AM
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The very reason I didn't tear up what the builder gave us. Now that all my neighbors have "landscaper landscaped" yards which all look the same, ours is the standout!

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Old 12-03-2018, 06:12 AM
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As already suggested, Coontie is a great idea. Never needs pruning. But I prefer Better John to Little John. Grows 3’ x 3’ and if it needs pruning at all, it would just be a stray branch here or there.
Old 12-03-2018, 08:05 AM
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I would also recommend KB landscaping on 462, they were very helpful and knowledgeable when I was there.
Old 12-03-2018, 08:57 AM
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We like podacarpus, they can grow big if you don't trim them, but they are very easy to trim and shape. The branches are more leafy than woody, so they are easy to trim. They are very hardy and grow in very full. They make a nice hedge but also look nice as a stand alone.
Old 12-03-2018, 10:05 AM
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Don't think bush, think plant. Schefflera and Croton do well here. And, if you lose some to a hard frost (rare, but it happens), cut off the dead bits and they grow right back. You could check out The Villages Florida Native Plant group for help. All bushes need pruning in this climate if you want to keep them low.
Old 12-05-2018, 08:38 AM
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gooneys on 466A just past colony being the barbs place is a nice place to start..
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