En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - February 26, 2014

From: Milford, OH
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Shrubs
Title: Replacement for boxwoods in Ohio
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I want to replace my boxwood plants but I don't know what would be a good replacement. I have a hydrangea plant that is in the middle and I would like something to go on each side of the hydrangea. It can't be over 4 feet tall and it will get morning sun. Any suggestions?

ANSWER:

Here are four possibilities to replace your boxwood plants.   All of these are natives known to grow in or very near Clermont County.  You can look for more possibilities by doing a COMBINATION SEARCH in our Native Plant Database and choosing "Ohio" from the Select State or Province option, "Shrub" from Habit (general appearance) and "3-6 ft." from Size Characteristics.

Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda (Shrubby cinquefoil)  Here are more photos and information from Go Botany New England Wild and from Plants of Wisconsin.

Rosa blanda (Smooth rose)  Here is more information from Minnesota Wildflowers and from Evergreen Native Plant Database.

Symphoricarpos albus (Common snowberry)  Here is more information from Missouri Botanical Garden and University of Connecticut Horticulture.

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Coralberry)  Here is more information from Missouri Botanical Garden and from Washington State University Whatcom County Extension.

 

From the Image Gallery


Shrubby cinquefoil
Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda

Smooth rose
Rosa blanda

Common snowberry
Symphoricarpos albus

Coralberry
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

More Shrubs Questions

Manzanita Not Growing Well
July 11, 2016 - Dear Mr Smarty Plants, I have a four native Dr. Hurd manzanitas growing in my yard, which I planted three years ago. Three seem quite happy with lots of foliage. The fourth has foliage only on this ye...
view the full question and answer

Fruit bearing trees and shrubs for wildlife in NY
May 05, 2010 - What are the best fruit bearing trees and berry bushes to grow in Oneonta New York. We are working on a project for the Oneonta Job Corps that is a green initiative. When we buy the fruit bearing tr...
view the full question and answer

Landscaping help for Gilmer, TX
September 01, 2008 - We have just moved to the beautiful hot state of Texas from warm California and we need some help! Our roses are dying, we have a patch about 25ft. by 3ft. that gets the rain run off like a little str...
view the full question and answer

Pruning a mock orange in Charleston WV
March 30, 2009 - How far back and when do I prune a "Mock Orange" in order to get it to bloom?
view the full question and answer

Transplanting large Silverado Sage bushes from Mesa AZ
August 19, 2013 - We just bought a condo with three Silverado Sage, each one is 6-8 ft tall, trained to grow as "trees" with bare branches for the bottom 4 feet or so, and beautiful flowering branches on top. They ar...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center