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by JenBH on July 08, 2006 08:23 AM
I have stiff order I'm hoping someone can help me fill. I have a heavily wood lot and a fenced in back yard. I would love to find something tall (so you could see it peeking over a 4' tall fence) and flowering that would do well in the shade. My property also drops off here and starts down a hill, so it would be difficult for me to have something that required a lot of maintenance. It would be tough to get to it except to stand on a stool and reach over the fence.

Thanks in advance for any help!
by Bill on July 08, 2006 08:40 AM
by JenBH on July 08, 2006 03:49 PM
Thanks so much for these links. I didn't see any of these that might be tall enough that I could see them over my fence.
by tkhooper on July 09, 2006 01:03 AM
here are some possibilities: This is assuming you are zone 5.

Calycanthus chinensis Chinese Wax Shrub
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' Summersweet
Clethra barbinervis Clethra, Japanese
Cornus sericea Red Osier Dogwood
Corylopsis pauciflora Buttercup Winter Hazel
Cotinus 'Young Lady' Smokebush
Deutzia x kalmiiflora Deutzia
Enkianthus campanulatus 'Showy Lanterns'
Forsythia k. 'Kumson'
Fothergilla major
Fuchsia magellanica Fuchsia, Hardy
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Hydrangea m. 'Mariesii Variegata'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac'
Hydrangea p. 'Pink Diamond'
Hydrangea panicula 'Limelight'
Kalmia latifolia Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia 'Peppermint' Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia 'Snowdrift' Mountain Laurel
Kerria japonica 'Chiba Gold'
Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'
Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire' Japanese Andromeda
Rosa Nutkana Rose, Nootka
Salix caprea 'French Pussy' Pussy Willow

These are specific types of each species since not all of a species respond the same in the same environment. I hope you find something on this list that will work for you. Good luck

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by JenBH on July 09, 2006 03:26 AM
Thank you so much! I'm sure one of these will work. We are in a brand new home with no landscaping except for a few shrubs in front... I'm looking forward to laying the ground work this summer and fall to a beautiful garden next spring.

I appreciate your help!

(And yes, zone 5 was correct!)
by tkhooper on July 09, 2006 03:38 AM
Please take before and after pictures and post them down in landscape. We love watching a garden come together.

I'm glad I was right on the zone. Let me know what you finally decide on.

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