Evergreen Conifers For Zone 5
Plant Bushes Along Walkways, Patios or Porches
Strong, healthy bushes are beautiful when they’re planted along walkways, patios or porches. They help to soften these examples of hardscaping and make them more inviting. They can also make a good color and texture contrast for them. A walkway made out of slate paving stones looks much less forbidding when edged with a low growing Pinus mugo, chamelaucium or a candytuft.
However, as with everything else, the location of where the bush will be planted is important. A piece of property doesn't just exist in a climate, but in several microclimates, some of which might be suitable for some plants but unsuitable for others. Shrubs planted beside a porch or a patio can be sheltered from wind, and the heat from the house that flows out through the windows and doors might even make the area a bit warmer than it would be in the open yard. On the other hand, if a porch blocks sunlight from a plant that needs a lot of it, that plant will never do as well as it could.
Another tip for planting beside walkways is to not plant deciduous plants along walkways covered with loose surface materials like crushed rock or gravel. This is because the fallen leaves, flowers and fruit will be difficult to clean up. Brick and granite setts are better used with deciduous plants while loose gravel and shredded bark go better with evergreens like juniper and yew. Bushes should also not be planted right on the edge of a patio, porch or walkway, even though it might be tempting to do so when the plant is still small. The gardener should know how tall and wide the plant is liable to grow when it’s mature and allow it to have room and not crowd the edges of the hardscaping.