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Old 04-08-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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I bought three Cherry Blasts shrubs today and would like to get some suggestions on what color/type of mulch or ground cover might look best with it. I WAS going to go with a black mulch but when I got them home, I thought that might not have enough contrast.

I'm slowly creating a Japanese garden look as time/money provides.

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I only use Cypruss mulch.
It does not rot, or mat down, and it repels insects.
It's cheap to.
Hardwood mulchs rot and make a great place for weeds to grow and mold up.

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I like the look of black mulch. Very rich and natural looking
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I see what you mean about a lack of contrast. Black mulch is dramatic looking but it might not be the best for this application. If you want to stick with an organic mulch, I would suggest cypress. The lighter color will definitely make the cherry blasts stand out. An alternative that I think would work but carries a bigger price tag is to use a water permeable underlayer topped with stone with an appropriate edging. The stone is more expensive but it is also a one-time purchase unlike the mulch that needs to be topped off periodically. If you are going for a Japanese inspired garden, stone would work very well. In fact, stone in some shape or form is almost mandatory in a Japanese garden. I would suggest using Mexican river rock or a small pea gravel. The pea gravel usually ranges from a creamy white to a very light orange that would provide a nice contrast with the cherry blasts and would further your plans of a Japanese inspired garden.
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Definitely pick up a book or two on Japanese gardens from the library and map out a plan. If you have not, commit your yard to scale too. As mentioned, stone in some forms, is a given. River washed stones formed to look like a dry stream bed can be quite nice.

Japanese gardens also rely heavily on manipulating perspective. They typically do not have lots of splashy color from annuals and such plantings.

Irish and Scotch moss are fun to play with for texture. They are not actually mosses. Look at other tight groundcovers.

Some of the recycled tire mulch comes in nice colors. It holds up well from season to season. And it is a tree hugging sort of good thing.


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Cypress Mulch is something that an environmentalist would not use. Cypress trees only grow 1" every 30 years.

It is not sustainable.

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