Privacy Shrub Collection for the West
DetailsPrivacy Shrub Collection for the West is a specially designed collection to add privacy and beauty to your yard. Easily create a private, backyard oasis with these native shrubs. This hedge will also produce habitat for birds and wildlife. Save $10 off the single plant price of $101.91
Included in the Privacy Shrub Collection are 3 plants each of: Chysothamnus nauseosus La Plata, Chamaebatiaria millefolium and Ribes aureum. Chysothamnus nauseosus La Plata (Rabbitbrush) will provide an eye-catching display of golden-yellow flowers beginning in late summer-early fall. Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. We recommend planting each 6 feet apart with the use of Yum Yum Mix and Root Stimulator Combo Pack for the best results.We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes.
*Does not include planting map
|Common Name||Privacy Shrub Collection for the West|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Yellow, White|
|Mature Height||Chysothamnus nauseosus La Plata: 5-7' tall; Chamaebatiaria millefolium: 6-8' tall; Ribes aureum: 4-6' tall|
|Mature Spread||Chysothamnus nauseosus La Plata: 5-7' wide; Chamaebatiaria millefolium: 6-8' wide; Ribes aureum: 4-6' wide|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Dry, Average|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20"|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)
Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)
Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.
Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.
Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).
Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.
Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Privacy Shrub Collection for the West:
We have these three bushes in our yard and they are exactly as low maintenance, beautiful and drought tolerant as described!
I love the darling, three lobed leaves of the rhus trilobata. And how in late, late fall they turn a striking scarlet color which complements wonderfully the vibrant yellow of the late season rabbit brush blooms.
And the fernbush leaves are so fun, too. They remind one of fern fronds or even of some primitive, miniature palm trees.
The rabbitbrush stays handsome even while dormant in the winter. The Tan/Wheat colored seedpods are just beautiful after the flowers have faded.
And during the cold weather, overwintering birds and other critters will use the dormant branches of all three as windbreak, shelter and protection from predators.
We have birds and other small creatures year around now in our habitat friendly landscape thanks to High Country Gardens! They are such a joy, especially when the terrain appears dead and yet wildlife persists.
And it is so exciting in the early spring to see the leaves return on these three excellent plants!
What has helped these bushes be successful for us:
We planted on a slope for good drainage and in full sun. The rabbitbrush especially seems to require full sun. And we made a small well or depression in the soil around the plant to hold just a little bit of water for a few minutes after watering, to thoroughly soak the roots during the settling in period.
We mulched around the bushes with a few inches of leaves to protect the roots from cold and hot temperature extremes.
We watered more frequently during the new plants' first seasons to accelerate growth. They don't need much water at all to survive, but to become larger it does seem to help to water during the growing season.
Since all three of these go dormant in the winter, I like to plant along with evergreens and/or early bloomers such as crocus, Daffodils, tulips etc. It's also fun to layer with some fall blooming bulbs.
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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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