Good Foundation Plants For Morning Sun Usda Zone 8B?

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I recently cut down two very overgrown Juniper bushes in my foundation border in the front of my house. I need to replace them with something, but I am unsure what to plant. I would like some color and interest. The spot is on the northeast side of my house and gets some sun early in the day and a little late in the afternoon. The Juniper bushes were too big for the border. It is really hard to tell without seeing a picture; is there a place to attache them here? I went ahead and downloaded the pics in my garden place, under 'front foundation border'.
Thanks so much!!

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Melissa-Below your question and to the right of your name you will see where you can upload your pictures. It is to the right of 'Edit Your Question'.

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Melissa Shaw

Melissa Shaw · Gardenality Stem · Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F
Thanks John; if I had looked at the page better, I would have seen where to attach pics.... I appreciate your help :)

8 years ago ·
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Answer #2 ·'s Answer · Hi Melissa,

Johns plant suggestions are great!

Here's a few more:

-Gold dust Aucuba

-Picturata Aucuba

Happy Planting!!

Brooks Wilson))

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Melissa-I noted a few plants you may like for this spot. The Euonymus and the Loropetalum would add some contrasting foliage colors I think would look nice with your home. The loropetalum (fringe flower) and the others have different colored blooms depending on their varieties. You can see what varieties are available when visiting your local nursery. Again you can copy and past these plant names in the search box under the 'Plants' tab above to see pictures and characteristics of these plants. The plants I have listed I beleave will fit well within your planting area. If you are looking for plants for a desired height or possibly low growers let me know.
It looks as though your other plants are doing well. Most of these plants like a well drained soil. If the soil is hard or compacted use a good soil ammendment mixed with your soil when planting to keep it well draining. You want a soil that can be kept moist, not wet.

Emerald Gaiety Euonymus

Emerald N Gold Euonymus

Loropetalum (Fringe Flower) Several varieties depending on size you may want.

Flirt Nandina

Soft Caress Mahonia

Oregon Grape - (Mahonia aquifolium)

Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorne

Common Camellia

Camellia Sasanqua

Amethyst Encore Azalea

Xylosma - (Xylosma congestum) This shrub is a real favorite of mine. I use it as a background and foundation plant. It has a really nice green glossy leaf. I have grown it to 10 feet tall, but have easily kept many to 4' or 5' with no problem. It handles heavy pruning each year and recovers quickly.


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