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18 July 2012 @ 10:22 am
I have a horrible-looking corner of my yard (very rocky and bare) and I have decided I just want to plant a huge bush there and just let it go crazy and cover the whole area.  It's in full sun, very well-drained soil... and the whole area I want it to eventually cover is about six to eight feet square (well, triangular.)   Height isn't a concern... but I would like it to be full all the way to the bottom of the plant, so as to cover all the rocks and ugliness.

I'm thinking perhaps a Rose of Sharon?   Any other ideas? 
Aiko Yoshida: new one bonanzajelybean on July 18th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
I am doing the same thing using a rambling-type rose, "Cecile Brunner" which has a very fast growth habit and is very thick from top to bottom. It blooms once a season and is GORGEOUS.
Elizabeth frogs_n_turtles on July 18th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'm partial to lilac. If you get a full grown one they can get pretty big!
whorishness: October2009 whorishness on July 18th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Rose of Sharon grows up, like a tree. Bridal Spirea gets big, umbrellas on itself, entirely low maintenance. Cotton Candy Grass is also pretty, and it deals well in every type of situation, humid, dry, rocky, new soil...
erinrai_orian: vin in a kilt erinrai_orian on July 18th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Also, Rose of Sharon can take over a yard if you aren't vigilant about pruning once it gets to where you want it.
I know you are, but what am I?: bubble hearts babity on July 18th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm madly in love with hydrangeas, and mine did a wonderful job covering lots of ground space, they grew up too of course, but they also stay nice and full at the bottom.
Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: kittens tisiphone on July 18th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Where do you live?
Cindy cindyanne1 on July 18th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oops, I guess I should have mentioned that! I live in Ohio... zone 6, I think. :P

Great suggestions everyone! I'm getting a list together and when I head to town next I'm going to see what's still available at the nurseries!

Edited at 2012-07-18 05:00 pm (UTC)
Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: kittens tisiphone on July 18th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
How about forsythia? Beautiful in the early spring, and very good coverage the rest of the year. Butterfly bush is also great for this.
Laura printqueen on July 18th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Butterfly bush is lovely!
Maria: olivia thesparklegirl on July 18th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
I have a hosta that went crazy big, in one season.

We also have a fruit tree/bush/plant who's name escapes me... but it took over the garden bed, along with the hosta. So much for the other plants in there!
меня зовут Клара klarenka on July 18th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Rudbeckia (black-eyed susans) do well. They grow straight up and down, but we have had no problems getting many plants to grow, thus covering a lot of ground.
Laura printqueen on July 18th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Lavender? Just making a suggestion because I don't like Rose of Sharon, one or two petals fall off and it just looks shabby.
iyelli: dressy iyelli on July 20th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I'd do a Lilac bush for sure.
tori: straigt up gangsta cheekyassmonkey on July 23rd, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
rose of sharon (or anything else with a biblical name) is a nightmare. it will throw seedlings for 100 yards. we used to pay the kids a penny for each one they pulled up in the spring, at my ex-mil's house, and they always ended up with a couple of bucks each. how about a forsythia?