According to HouseLogic.com, the following plants will thrive in our coastal Volusia County Hardiness Zone (Zone 9), and will boost curb appeal with their beautiful blooms when planted along foundations. Just keep in mind: all plants should be placed approximately 2 feet from your foundation, and mulch should be kept away from the side of your home to prevent insect intrusion.
- Hydrangea: Grows 3-5 feet wide and 3-5 feet high. Blooms range from pink to deep blue depending on soil acidity. Plant in partial shade and water regularly.
- Encore Azalea: Grows 3-5 feet high and 3-5 feet wide. Does well in full sun where other species of Azalea will not survive.
- Carissa Holly: Grows 3-4 feet high and 4-6 feet wide. Great for small areas as an evergreen background for brighter foliage.
- Rhododendron: Grows 3-10 feet high and 3-6 feet wide. Prefers partial sun.
- Cat Mint: Grows 10-48 inches high and 12-24 inches wide. Cat Mint is very hardy and drought tolerant.
- Laurel “Otto Luyken”: Grows approximately 3 feet high and 6 feet wide. Provides year-round foliage. Requires thorough weekly watering during its first season, and during particularly dry weather.
- Heavenly Bamboo: Grows 4-5 feet high and 3 feet wide. Plant in partial shade to full sun.
- Harland Dwarf: Grows 4-6 feet high and 4-6 feet wide. Plant in moist, well-draining soil.
- Knockout Rose: Grows 4 feet high and 3 feet wide. Disease resistant and easy to care for.
While each of these plants will grow in Zone 9, be sure to speak with garden center staff if you live on the ocean to ensure your selected plants will withstand our beloved salty breezes! Also, test the soil at your home for acidity and nutrient richness to help your plants successfully transition to their new home. Happy planting!
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