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Short shrubs directly in front of house

 
Ghislaine de Lessines
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Location: Vermont, annual average precipitation is 39.87 Inches
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I have stone walled raised beds to either side of my front entrance that I would like some ideas for. They currently contain deer trimmed rhododendrons/azaleas, a couple of short pine shrubs of some kind, and what I think is ground nut climbing up the three bushes on one side. I'd like to rip out these shrubs, move the ground nut (they smell awful to me), and start over. Low bush blueberries seems like an obvious possibility since I think they like the same soil as the pine/rhododendrons. They do seem to have done fairly well there bit thanks to the annual deer buffet all the lushness was against the house! These beds get full sun from the south west. Other ideas I have include espaliers or maybe grapes on short trellises? The spacing between the windows is only about two feet so there isn't lot of useable vertical space, since I don't want to block the windows I'm looking for fairly low growing ideas, 2 - 3 feet. I'm in zone 4b so that's a limiting factor too. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
 
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I'm going to borrow from one of edible landscaping's best, Lee Reich, because he does a nice design of what sounds like your entrance, and he is up there in NY close to you in climate etc. This picture has mostly acid loving species. The cut off name up top is 'Elf' mountain laurel and lower left corner is blueberry and lingonberries - I'm going to guess a low bush blueberry variety like Top Hat. The picture is out Lee's 'Landscaping with Fruit'.
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Ghislaine de Lessines
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Oh, very nice, thank you! An excuse to try growing lingonberries and see how well heather will do. My parents, who live nearby, have had poor luck with them, but my location is more sheltered so I might have better luck. I'm very amused by the juneberry in the corner as there are two juneberries already flanking the path up to the front door! I even beat the cedar waxwings to the fruit one year!
 
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