Like the soft prettiness of extreme youth, its charms were fleeting because it had no form or substance. While our gardens are very different in layout—Peter’s is rectilinear; mine flows with the contours of the land—the same principles apply. • Barberries (Berberis thunbergii cvs.) Shrubs for swimming pool landscaping not only add beauty to the area but shield it from potentially prying eyes. And the clean lines of yuccas, irises, and certain upright grasses offer refreshing relief from arching foliage or too many plants with a billowing habit. This deer resistant shrub thrives in zones 4 through 8 and enjoys part to full sun. They provide form and structure all year. Consider growing hedging plants around a flower bed to accentuate the garden along the walkway to your front door to create a stunning path between the driveway and your yard or around your home as foundation plantings. and cvs.) This ensures you have something green and lush to look at when the deciduous shrubs are done for the season. This low maintenance shrub is deer resistant and drought tolerant. Laurustinus – Ornamental evergreen bush that is great for front or back yard. Plant in part shade to shade. albertiana ‘Conica’ [photo, right], ‘Gnome’, ‘Alberta Globe’) Apr 29, 2013 - Explore Laura Brinn Penner's board "Shrub Borders" on Pinterest. Are you sure you want to delete your notes for this recipe? • Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Stricta’) • Allium giganteum (photo, below right) They are also known to have good shade tolerance. • Holly (Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’). I started thinking in terms of the underlying shapes of the plants themselves, like cones, globes, mounds, spikes, fountains, and mats. Generally, shrubs are multi-stemmed and range in size from 6 inches to 15 feet tall. The hardiness map is broken up into numbered sections based on the average annual winter temperature and is useful for choosing the right shrubs for your area. Shrubs that do not grow naturally into globes can be pruned into this shape. Thank you for this article! All our borders include free delivery By mid-July, every inch of my perennial border was in bloom, and I was thrilled. The dwarf Norway spruce is the perfect shrub for using as a border along a pathway or garden with its rounded shape. Use mulch around your shrubs to prevent the soil from drying and discourage weed growth. There were no surprises—no highs or lows or changes in pace. This hardy evergreen shrub requires very little care with variegated foliage that provides a splash of color to the yard in shades of green, pink, bronze, and cream. Since they are small and naturally mounded, they make good border or edging plants. I also started to seriously consider how the shapes related to one another. To address the ends of the beds on either side of the opening, I planted a pair of Alberta spruces and matching clumps of fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) to give them weight. Looking at the bed with a more critical eye, I could see it needed structure. By definition, evergreens provide foliage to admire all four seasons of the year. © 2020 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Boxwood is a traditional shrub enjoyed in formal gardens. Inspired by his example, I sacrificed some of my beloved daylilies to a dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca var. Bare, her beautiful zigzag branches cast interesting shadows; trimmed with ridges of snow, they are breathtaking. It has glossy green leaves, which give it an elegant appearance. It was a small way to say thank you for the efforts…. They are low maintenance, deer resistant shrubs that thrive in both shade and sun. • Arborvitaes (Thuja occidentalis ‘DeGroot’s Spire’ and ‘Smaragd’) Jun 24, 2020 - Explore Michelle's board "Mixed shrub border" on Pinterest. • Blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) Many evergreens even produce flowers and black berries or bright red berries, such as the holly, or ilex, for seasonal interest. New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus) Unless a torrential rain fells them first, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, maiden grass (M. sinensis ‘Gracillimus’), zebra grass (M. s. ‘Zebrinus’), switch grass (Panicum virgatum), and blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) all stand up to be counted in the winter. Plant it in a border alongside perennials. And if space is at a premium in your garden, there are slender evergreens for tight spaces, such as Italian cypress, weeping yaupon, ‘Sky Pencil’ holly and upright junipers. Easy to select a width or length for any border. Evergreen topiary adds year-round interest to any border and has been gracing European gardens since Roman times. The Mugo pine has a low growing habit that makes it appealing as an edging shrub or groundcover in rock gardens. Prune this deer resistant and drought tolerant shrub occasionally to keep it tidy. It had just what mine lacked: a sturdy framework of shrubs and evergreens to support a mind-boggling collection of annuals, perennials, and tender exotics. At this time of year, I really appreciate ornamental grasses. This easy-growing shrub stays small and maintained with its bright green needle-like foliage. Variegated Winter Daphne. It has an average height and width of 5 feet and enjoys partial to full sun. dabahdesigns.com. New types are more cold hardy. Birds, bees, and other pollinators are attracted to this bush, giving it more appeal to the yard. However you decide to plant your shrubs, they are sure to add curbside appeal. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7. This bush requires acidic soil for optimal growth and thrives in zones 5 through 8. See our plants for privacy, all of which typically reach their mature size within a few seasons. Some types tolerate shade. The key to growing these types of shrubs in your area is to determine your USDA hardiness zone. With the five plants we’ve chosen here, use simple repetition to create a low-fuss, high-impact border. There is a vast variety of juniper varieties, ranging from ground cover to hedge-style. For one glorious month, my heart sang. Abelia has beautiful pink, purple, or peachy flowers in late spring. So does Kalimeris integrifolia. Globes contrast well with spikes and fountains. But even as I rejoiced to see so many daylilies and daisies in bloom all at once, I began to realize that there was more to a beautiful garden than masses of flowers. Helping the novice gardener plant their very own garden. The small varieties of juniper average 3 feet tall, and they provide winter interest to the yard. This year there will be two new boxwood globes, very small but not to be dismissed. It is low maintenance and deer resistant, and the small varieties grow to a height of 3 to 8 feet with a width of 3 feet. What can we say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? Yew thrive in most soils. • Hosta spp. Cherry laurel attracts birds to the area with its cherry-like red fruits. Conventionally speaking, the optimal way to maximize the impact of the middle layer is to use evergreens in the center or in groups depending on the length of your border, and then flank the ends with more evergreens. It is easy to manipulate and maintain into different sizes and shapes, making it the perfect shrub for edging. This handsome evergreen shrub tolerates shady areas. Instead of a boring straight line, it had a horizon with ups and downs—vertical forms and low, crouching forms. • Juniper (Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’). Border evergreens are a great way to separate specific areas of your yard. Small varieties of Yucca grow approximately 3 feet in height and 3 feet wide. If neighbors, wildlife, or someone else’s pets are a problem, think about privacy shrubs with thorns to deter unwanted visitors from entering your property without an invitation. By cutting the smoke bush nearly to the ground every spring, the new growth reaches only about 8 feet high instead of 15 feet and retains its color. Designed by award winning garden designer Antony Henn. Not only is this shrub ideal for planting as a border, but it is so diverse, that there is bound to be the perfect one for your garden. When shearing your hedges, make sure to keep the bottom wider than the top to prevent lower branches from losing foliage. Each zone determines which kinds of plants grow for specific locations. Working in harmony with your garden is always best. SHOP OUTDOOR LIGHTS In one bed, a globe of variegated boxwood and a neat, twiggy ball of bar­berry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Nugget’) furnish the edge. Lynden Miller, who was an artist long before she became a designer of public gardens, once said, “If you made a brand- new garden and put in a couple of vertical dwarf evergreens and a couple of rounded ones, you’d be halfway there because you’d have given it geometry.” The trick is to fathom nature’s under­lying geometric forms and to deploy them effectively. Azaleas come in deciduous and evergreen varieties and produce profuse blooms of varying colors in the spring. Both types of evergreens are shrubs that stay green all year round no matter what the temperature or weather conditions. Their never-ending greenery makes them ideal as a natural fence, garden border, or edging along the yard. One of the author’s borders (right) reflects the same natural contours as a landscape scene in Columbia County, New York. This dark mound completes the border just as a period completes a sentence. and cvs. Firethorn shrubs – Thorny evergreen plants with dense foliage and prickly stems that make an excellent privacy hedge. This feature has been temporarily disabled during the beta site preview. of the member-only content library. The amount of space you have in your yard, which hardiness zone you live in, how much sun your backyard receives during the day, and placement are all crucial factors when choosing evergreen bushes. I also added vertical fountains of tall ornamental grasses and afew bold, high-rise perennials to break up the groups of false sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides). Some evergreen shrubs have needle-like leaves while others have simple leaves. 2013 Container Design Challenge: Pick a color, any color! Dark foliage seems heavier and more substantial than light foliage, and large leaves seem weightier than small ones, unless the small ones are dense, uniform, and numerous, as in needled evergreens. These low maintenance conifers are deer resistant, drought tolerant, and make a great natural border for the yard. The fragrant colors range from purple, red, and orange to white, yellow, and pink flowers. Tall plants that are relatively narrow at the base and flare outward at their tops add grace and elegance to the garden. So I began making gradual changes. And that same trait enables them to offer something else: year-round privacy. My stirrings of dissatisfaction about the monotony of my perennial border coincided with a new phase in my gardening life. Useful Tips To Make Your Everyday Life Just A Bit Better. Good design relies on line as well as silhouette and form. Meanwhile, the lessons I had learned from Peter’s garden were being incorporated into the two new beds I began working on in 1990. It became interesting to look at even when nothing was in bloom. This classic shrub provides interest to the yard throughout the entire season with its vibrant foliage. Its evergreen leaves add consistent color to a border in shades of green, yellow, and rich burgundy. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’). A smooth stone, unearthed when I dug the bed, brings the number of rounded forms to three. Nineteen eighty-six was a wonderful gardening year for me in Connecticut. While it’s easy to think that evergreens take up a lot of space, there are quite a few low growing evergreen shrubs for borders. The first step in planting a bed or border of mixed shrubs is to prepare the soil. Perennial foliage: albertiana ‘Conica’). Yew (Taxus bachata) Azalea (Rhododendron) – Low Growing Evergreen Shrubs for Borders with Colorful Blooms. One day, they will take their places at each end of the matching borders with the Alberta spruces and mounds of fountain grass in a trio of satisfying shapes. Tender or exotic-looking plants, such as canna, dahlias, castor oil plant, gazania, phygelius and shrubby salvias. It flourishes in zones 3 through 7 and enjoys full sun to part shade. and cvs. While the sloping site afforded an element of interest, the measured rise from front to back was monotonous (photo, above). • Spiraeas (Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ and ‘Little Princess’), Evergreen shrubs: They thrive in zones 4 through 7 and grow well in both shady and sunny locations. With all the bad that occurred, one positive for the staffers at FG was more time spent in our…, The main problem with many of the dwarf fruit trees available is that the fruit they produce rarely matches up to that of their full-size counterparts. Fill late winter and early spring with the sweet fragrance of daphne. It grows best in wet areas of the yard and tends to spread quickly. They grow best in zones 3 through 9 and thrive in part to full sun. The smaller varieties have a trim, pyramidal shape, which gives it a regal appearance as a border shrub. Its woody stems are lavishly clad in small-toothed leaves and covered with little white daisies. This popular shrub is a favorite for use as a border or hedge because of its fast growth rate and hardy appearance. Enter the 2011 Container Design Challenge. You’ll find both low-growing types for ground covers and tall pyramidal varieties for borders or privacy screens. Border shrubs are also an excellent way to separate your yard from your neighbors without being intrusive. Choosing proper low growing evergreen shrubs for borders creates a naturally attractive barrier around outdoor spaces to give your yard visual appeal, so why not share our evergreen border shrub list with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook? The average height and width of low growing varieties is 4 feet. Threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Golden Shower’) with its forest of stiff, upright stems and fine, dense foliage lends itself to this treatment. While this evergreen shrub flourishes in sun to partial sun and well-drained soil, it is tolerant of most any exposure and soil make-up with the exception of overly wet soil. When to prune: Prune to shape in late winter. Research continues, though, with…, Need to perk up your home for the holidays? These trees can sell for $60 and more at floral shops,…, "As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack. Azalea – Vibrant Shrubs. Choose shrubs with dense, compact growth and small leaves, such as box or yew and clip into formal cones or balls, or even animals and birds. Perennial blooms: The addition of the grasses and shrubs provided variety in terms of value as well as form. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’) They are a hardy shrub that is also drought tolerant. and cvs. • Ornamental grasses (Miscanthus sinensis cultivars: ‘Variegatus’  [photo, right], ‘Morning  Light’,  ‘Silver Arrow’,  ‘Purpurescens’, ‘Gracillimus’,  and ‘Zebrinus’) Connector. Before you run to your local garden care center and pick up low growing shrubs, there are a few things to consider. ", Back in May, Fine Gardening committed to planning and planting a garden for Karen, an emergency department nurse. These easy shrubs to grow are deer resistant, enjoy partial shade, and grow best in zones 3 through 9. • Dwarf blue spruces (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’ and ‘Glauca Compacta’) This won't delete the recipes and articles you've saved, just the list. •  Low, spreading junipers (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue  Star’ (photo, below left) and  J. horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’), Perennials This flowering bush blooms in the spring and provides colorful fall foliage in zones 2 through 9. These low maintenance plants are deer resistant and drought tolerant and thrive in full sun areas in zones 4 through 11. Deciduous shrubs: Evergreen & Flowering Shrubs Shrubs are the foundation of any garden. • Snakeroot (Actaea racemosa) (photo, below right) • Hedgehog agave (Agavae stricta) (photo, below left) In the winter, line is the name of the game. • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) In my sunny borders, fuzzy wands of pinkish-purple gayfeather (Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’) and pudgy spikes of dusty-purple Agastache foeniculum serve that purpose. These beds divide the “civilized” part of the garden from the wilder part and have an opening between them. Arborvitae is drought tolerant and deer resistant. Evergreen, deciduous, needle-leaved and flowering shrubs can be combined to provide a variety of year-round colors and textures. • Boxwoods (Buxus microphylla ‘Winter Gem’ and ‘Wintergreen’; B. sempervirens ‘Variegata’ and ‘Suffruticosa’ [photo, below left]) This species of conifer has a mature size of 3 to 5 feet tall with a spread of up to 10 feet wide. Most people think of boxwood when considering planting shrubs for borders, but there are quite a lot of other evergreens that are perfect for creating a natural barrier in the yard. It has long blades of evergreen foliage and produces tall candelabra-like blossoms in white and pink shades throughout the late summer and fall. At the opposite end, I added another dark mound, a fast-growing purple smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Purple Robe’) to balance the maple. As dwarf shrubs for full sun locations in zones 3 through 8, this spruce is both attractive and serviceable. See more ideas about Landscape design, Outdoor gardens, Yard landscaping. The green-and-white-striped grasses and the variegated leaves of a redtwig dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’) supplied highlights; the red- and purple-leaved shrubs and the Alberta spruce, contrasting dark accents. Holly (Ilex) Popular for its glossy green leaves, and bright red berries, hollies look best if kept … Unlike evergreen trees, shrubs are smaller and generally rounded, with several stems growing from ground level rather than a single trunk. It is low maintenance, deer resistant, drought tolerant, and thrives in part to full sun. 5 /21. • Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’, ‘Beacon Silver’, ‘Aureum’, and f. album Nor was there enough variety among the flower shapes. Solid geometric shapes like cones, globes, and mounds carry weight. This bush thrives in zones 2 through 7 and enjoys part to full sun. They have blue-green and gray-silver foliage that range from small, sharp needles to scale-type leaves. • Red hot pokers (Kniphofia cvs.) The evergreen varieties grow to a height of 6 feet or less and have a mound-like shape, making them an ideal border shrub for the yard. If you … Then, each bed has corners that should be addressed. • Yucca filamentosa cvs. It is not difficult to see why evergreen shrubs would play a critical role in landscaping property lines. Sign up for a free trial and get access to ALL our regional content, plus the rest 4. Arborvitae (Thuja) Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) – … Blooming for months from late spring to late summer, most plants have received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. This flowering shrub comes in a variety of colors, giving you a wide array … and cvs.). Spearlike foliage and spirelike flowers lift the eye skyward. They were either flat or trumpet-shaped and all about the same size. You must be a magazine subscriber to access this feature. Now, the two dark-leaved shrubs hold the border within their embrace, like a pair of bookends. Viburnum produces highly fragrant white and pink flowers with stunning foliage and stem color. What delights the eye about a range of hills or a distant cityscape is the variety of pleasing forms silhouetted against the sky. A compact, well-proportioned evergreen shrub anchors the lighter elements in the composition. This plant doesn’t outgrow the area, and its hardy dark green foliage makes it unbeatable for the yard. If you want evergreen cover, try bergenias or epimediums. The forms are distinct and highly contrasting—the evergreens solid and pyramidal; the grasses, despite their name, soft and mound-shaped. • Blazing stars (Liatris spp. 8 professionally designed border styles to choose from. Receive the latest Home & Garden Tips by entering your email below: We respect your privacy and take protecting it very seriously. • Ligularia (Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’) Shrubs: Get our latest tips, how-to articles, and instructional videos sent to your inbox. In the shade, the tall white flower spikes of Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ are attractive, rising out of their mounds of lush foliage, with airy white wands of snakeroot (Actaea racemosa) waving overhead. Enjoy a colorful show in your waterwise garden! (photo, right), Perennials: Form, of course, can mean either the three-dimensional shape—volume—or the two-dimensional outline of a plant. The same Alberta spruces that steadied the flower beds in summer are the stars of the winter border. But the queen of the border in winter is the threadleaf Japanese maple. Where do you start when planting up a new border? • Lupines (Lupinus cvs.) • Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ) How to position shrubs and flowers in the best places, plus essential tips. For example, plants that are strongly three-dimensional contrast with soft clouds of bloom, while spiky foliage provides an antidote to an excess of arching foliage. Cherry laurel thrives in zones 5 through 9 and is deer resistant. Perennial Geranium is a great border plant. I've been drawing out plans and moving plants a little, and this week I'm digging out a new bed and planting the "foundation " plants and ground cover, with time I'll add in new elements, and I'm so glad to have read this, I'll be using these principles for years to come! Consider tea olive, wax myrtle, ligustrum, cleyera, camellia, anise and sweetbay laurel. See more ideas about landscape design, garden shrubs, garden landscaping. Let us help you create a dream garden you’ll enjoy for years to come. I learned from him that weight exists only in the mind and eye of the beholder, but its presence or absence can be the making of a garden. • Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ You need height in the middle of the bed from evergreens or shrubs. SUBTROPICAL BORDER. Why We Love It: Cold-hardy evergreen shrub. It has soft-needled green foliage with occasional red berries that are toxic to people, but birds enjoy eating. This bush requires pruning in the early summer after it blooms for optimal growth. Evergreens grow just about anywhere and are easy to grow. • Threadleaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum var. The flowers grow along a stem in chains of fragrant blooms during the spring with new foliage growth in shades of orange and red. This shrub goes by many names, including the lily of the valley bush, due to its dainty white, red, and pink flowers that resemble tiny bells. This shrub has dense, finely textured foliage and attractive reddish bark. Yew is a great shrub for borders, entrance-ways, paths, specimen gardening, or mass plantings. • Tall daylilies (Hemerocallis altissima hybrids: ‘Statuesque’, ‘Autumn  Minaret’, and ‘Challenger’). Rainbow Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana) Boxwood (Buxus) – Traditional-Style Evergreen Border Shrub. There are also design tricks you can use to reduce the workload – for example, avoid making small fiddly shapes and tricky mowing edges, and use landscape fabric in areas prone to weeds. The smaller varieties have an average height of 3 feet, and some types spread up to 15 feet. During the growing season, its woody skeleton is covered with a mass of lacy mahogany-red foliage. Pair your viburnum with short perennial grasses to make a statement and to highlight the different species in the same location. Water and feed your plants regularly to encourage root development and good plant health. The overall effect was colorful but flimsy, and there was too much soft, arching daylily foliage. There are many varieties of Euonymus, one of the most common being the burning bush with its stunning orange and red foliage during the fall months. Perennial blooms: I had recently met a number of younger garden-makers in Connecticut, among them Peter Wooster and his gardener, Gary Keim. For the next six months, the evergreen pots in my garden will create almost all the structure and impact. Best for: Gorgeous bell-shaped flowers. This small shrub is found in moist or wet, open sites of meadows and shrublands. • Speedwell (Veronica spp. Varieties to Try: Densiformis, Capitata. • Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) It has dense green foliage that takes on a bronze cast during the fall and winter months. The days of poor choice and unavailability of colourful shrubs has long gone. Solid and reassuring, they stand sentinel at each end of the new beds. The evergreens, of course, come into their own at this time of year. Although the border was a sea of color, it lacked definition. In fact, I would argue that there has always been wide choice, but a choice not always taken advantage of! Quite apart from being enchanted by them both, I was tremendously impressed with the garden they were creating. It’s usually mistaken for dead, but give it time and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular color! The smaller varieties reach an average height of 3 to 8 feet with a spread of 3 feet. Finding the perfect evergreen shrub with the right profile for creating an edge around your flower garden or walkway is easy once you know what to look for in a plant. Dwarf Norway spruce—This small-growing evergreen shrub has a low-spreading growth habit that is perfect as a specimen plant. • Arborvitaes (Thuja occidentalis cvs.) • Lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina) (photo, below right) Coral Bells (Heuchera spp.) Although the changes I made were modest, they transformed the garden. Prepare Soil. Its short dark-green needles packed into a neat cone shape added weight to the border. This informal hedge reaches a mature height of 2 to 3 feet. While evergreen shrubs are easy to maintain, they do require routine care to thrive. The rainbow leucothoe grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet and produces clusters of flowers. Plant multiple inkberry plants to form a small evergreen hedge or in milder climates use one as a container specimen. You’ll pick up lots of tips on effective ways to group plants, how to cope with different heights and growth habits, and how to ensure you’ve got the layout right before you actually plant. Golden Mop False Cypress is a unique evergreen shrub mop-like, with stringy leaves that color best in full sun. Enter the 2010 Container Design Challenge, 7 Easy Fruit Trees to Grow Right in Your Own Backyard, Traveling Plants | Letter from the Editor, A Fool and His Garden | Letter from the Editor, Dahlias Don’t Ask Much | Letter from the Editor, It’s Just Business | Letter from the Editor. Its numerous, delicate stems make it an excellent filler plant in front of the shrub border. • Boxwoods (Buxus sempervirens cvs.) It was the skyline of my garden that improved so much with the addition of shrubs and other tall plants to give it changes in height. They have broadleaf foliage in deep green shades. If possible, leave a narrow access path along the back of the border. How to plan - design - and plant a shrub border or shrub bed. Solid geometric shapes like cones, globes, and mounds carry weight. While most evergreens tolerate full shade, they grow best in part shade to full sun. Mounds carry weight but are softer and lower in profile than globes. Both come into play in the design of a garden. It is fast-growing and produces sweet-smelling, white flowers during the early spring. Tiny brilliantly colored flowers bloom for months starting in late spring. • Echinops spp. It’s easy to keep boxwood at the height of 1 to 3 feet, depending on the type and amount of pruning it receives. Besides being valuable for their height, tall linear plants like the snakeroot contribute grace and elegance to a flower bed. Yews are small green shrubs that are easy to prune and shape and are tolerant of many conditions, including drought. Design tips and practical advice to help you plant a border brilliantly. Fraleighs Landscape & Design services feature select garden plants that are hardy in our region. Spears of foliage and flower heads that rise like spires provide high points and are useful to contrast with mounds and globes. One end of the border had long since been “addressed” by the substantial presence of an old threadleaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum var. The plant dies back in the winter and is very late to break dormancy. The nearby grasses provide a contrast in form and color. • Iris spp. • Dwarf Alberta spruces (Picea glauca var. Barberry is a tough hedge plant that thrives in zones 3 through 9. 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