va mountain hunter
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Flowering evergreen for use in oyster shell garden?

I'm in need of suggestions for a flowering evergreen that would thrive with little maintenance in a setting which is already covered by a 6" layer of oyster shells. So yeah, I've somewhat painted myself into a corner.

Underneath is a solid soil base that drains fairly well since it's on a slight slope. The area gets full sun year-round.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Also, should I perform a soil test before planting? The shells have been there for probably 5 years.

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Oh... I need two different plants. Ideal size would be 6-8 feet tall at maturity and slightly less around for the first, and the other maybe half that size.

Thanks.

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Location: Zone 6, NJ (3/M)4/E ~ 10/M

What part of the world do you live?
My immediate thought was rosemary and lavender.... Not quite 6~8 feet but the rosemary will get to be 3~5 feet depending on where you live.....
If you live in northern part of the U.S. -- does va stand for Virginia? -- what about Northern Bayberry? Southern Bayberry needs a bit more moisture....

Soil test would be a good idea, though I would think it'll tend towards alkaline....

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Should've mentioned that, I'm in the Virginia mountains.

Yeah, the reason I asked about the soil test is that I'm afraid that it might be too alkaline

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