I am contemplating planting about 10 small Wichita Blue Junipers around my house in Pennsylvania for color accent. In between the WBJ's I'd like to plant some red or maroon flowers. (Haven't decided but might be red azaleas.) I had planted a WBJ about 10 years ago at a previous Penna residence and it did not do well inspite of being well fertilized and I suspect it was from too little sun. No w I live well out in the country and have empty flower beds around 3 sides of my house. A couple of questions for WBJ experts: Is it a mistake to plant one say within 4 feet of the house where it would get direct sunlight for most of the day but not all of it? Can you recommend the best fertillizer for the WBJ? I was thinking of using red lava rock for cover instead of peat or mulch. Can you recommend something better?