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We want to move a leather leaf mahonia plant to another spot....when is the right
time to do so?
Leatherleaf mahonias are pretty tough plants. I think they would be safe to move almost
any time, but specifically during the dormant season – November through February would
be ideal. Make sure they have a somewhat shady location.
What are some, if any, evergreen flowers like gardenias that deer will leave alone?
Deer are definitely a problem in Arkansas gardens. We do have a list of deer resistant
plants on our website, but if the deer get desperate for food, they occasionally eat
some of these as well. Some flowering plants to try include: butterfly bush (Buddleia
davidii), forsythia, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), leucothoe, Oregon grape
holly (Mahonia), oleander, flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica) daphne, Japanese
andromeda (Pieris japonica), spireas, oakleaf hydrangea and mock orange – (Philadelphus
When the leaves fall from our many trees, a neighbor's storage building becomes visible.
I would like to plant several tall evergreen bushes or trees so that the building
would be screened from our view. I considered a berm, but it would have to be really
tall for us not to see the building when in our home. Please suggest evergreen bushes
or trees that would survive as under story plantings. Someone suggested a Mahoney,
but I have been unable to locate these bushes.
I think you are referring to Mahonia. It would not grow tall enough to serve your
purpose. What about Illicium - Florida anise, Cleyera, Wax Myrtle or Cherry Laurel?
Depending on ultimate height, cherry laurel may be your best bet, since it does grow
the tallest of the three, but all will do well as an under story plant.
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