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I have 2 flaming silver Japonica pireus on the ends with 2 guacamole hostas in the middle and lirope in the front. My question is...i need to add something to "wow" it a bit and not make it so blah in the winter when hostas die out. What would be a good suggestion as companions for the pireus - goldmound spirea (which i have on the other side of this bed to incorporate them together)? some type of Euonymous? or some type of arborvite with yellow tones to it? Or whatever you may suggest. My canvas is sort of like the diagram below - to help you get an idea and me arrange better. Oh, zone 6 and sun area. thanks for your help!

x(japonica) x(hosta) x(Hosta) x(japonica)

xl(iriope) x(liriope) x(liriope) x(liriope)


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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · If you're looking for a colorful groundcover plant you might consider Creeping Jenny. It fills in very nicely between plants and underneath shrubs.

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/65/Groundcover-Plants/Creeping-Jenny.html)



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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Sue-I noted below some plants that would work well as companion plants to your Flaming Silver pireus. Just click on the links to go directly to the plant files in Gardenality where you can see a picture of the plant and its characteristics. Not sure how much space you have between the pireus. I'm assuming you are replacing the two hostas with another plant. The plant files will tell you the size of the plants at maturity so you will be able to determine if the location is right for them. The liriope should look nice along the front any of these plants.

Little Giant Arborvitae

www.gardenality.com/Plants/1955/Shrubs/Little-Giant-Arborvitae.html

Hoogendorn Holly

www.gardenality.com/Plants/895/Shrubs/Hoogendorn-Holly.html

Dwarf Burning Bush

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/189/Shrubs/Dwarf-Burning-Bush.html

Boxwood

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/187/Shrubs/Wintergreen-Boxwood.html

Encore Azalea

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2640/Shrubs/Autumn-Ruby-Encore-Azalea.html

Lilacs

http://www.gardenality.com/Search/#Tab=Plants&PageIndex=1&PageSize=10&PlantSearch=null&SortBy=undefined&SearchText=Lilacs&Attributes=null


Abelias

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/546/Shrubs/Mardi-Gras-Abelia.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/805/Shrubs/Golddust-Abelia.html

Flowering Quince

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1993/Shrubs/Texas-Scarlet-Flowering-Quince.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2441/Shrubs/Crimson-and-Gold-Flowering-Quince.html


Forsythia

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/124/Shrubs/Golden-Peep-Forsythia.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2442/Shrubs/Kumson-Variegated-Forsythia.html


Weigela

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2607/Shrubs/Polka-Weigela.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1158/Shrubs/Shining-Sensation-Weigela.html


Roses- Both the Knock out and Drift roses

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/304/Roses/Knock-Out-Rose.html
http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/655/Roses/Red-Drift-Rose.html
http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/672/Roses/Icy-Drift-Rose.html

Gold Mound Spirea

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/169/Shrubs/Gold-Mound-Spirea.html

Euonymus

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1123/Groundcover-Plants/Emerald-N-Gold-Euonymus.html
http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/1122/Groundcover-Plants/Emerald-Gaiety-Euonymus.html

Hopefully this has helped. I noticed you were looking 8 months ago for companion plants also. Did you find any at that time that you liked? If you are looking possibly for a lower growing plant such as a ground cover let me know.

John)


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Sue H

Sue H · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
thank you for your suggestions. yes i did post 8 months ago after realizing what it looked like during the winter months...bare and dead. im not sure i will be taking out the hosta, since the color of them accent very well, but looking for for an addition possibly. hopefully since just starting, i will figure out what works well with each other and compliment one another too. I also like the ground cover Brent suggested too...i have red mulch now and that looks like a nice colored leaf covering too. lots of things to consider.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I use the creeping jenny extensively in my landscape. It does require some occasional watering during prolonged periods of dry weather. Hostas pop through it well in spring.

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Sue H

Sue H · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
that is great to know. do you have any photos of your lanscaping with them in it? thank you much.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
All but one of the pictures on the Creeping Jenny Gardenality Plant File are from my landscape. I'll take some more pictures tomorrow and upload them.

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/65/Groundcover-Plants/Creeping-Jenny.html

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Sue H

Sue H · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
John, if you and/or Brent have an email address you want to share, i can certainly show you my area and what your comments can be more visual instead of guessing, this way it will give you a more definitive answer and view, size, dimension etc.

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