Arbutus Unedo Companion Plants

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  1. Evergreentree

    Evergreentree Member

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    I'll be using Arbutus Unedo Compacta spaced ~4 feet apart for some privacy along a fence. I'm just not sure what to plan beneath and in between them. Considering evergreen varieties of blueberry and lavender (for the shrubby components), and I have no clue what to use for perennial flowers. I like the idea of year round interest, and non-toxic for dogs/kids.

    Thoughts? Thanks!
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Agreed with the choice of Vaccinium ovatum -- similar texture to the leaves, but entirely different fruit. Try to get the cultivar 'Thunderbird', selected here at UBC. As for perennials, there is a lot of choice there... what are you looking for colour-wise / height-wise / light-wise, etc.
     
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    Thanks - it will be full sun southern exposure, along a 3ft fence. So something 2ft or taller would be ideal. Now looking at Southern Comfort Coral Bells for winter color.
     
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    Rosemary (creeping cultivar), Heather plants, Lavender...

    So you'll have flowers in Spring (Rosemary), in Summer (Lavender), in Autumn-Winter (A. unedo & Heather)
     
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    liriope muscari 'big blue' - evergreen grasslike mounds, purple flowers, super easy care plant and looks great massed under trees.
     
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