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Old 12-04-2014, 09:14 PM   #16
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Thank you,
I'm having a little trouble visualizing what you're saying. Do you by chance have a link to a pic that is similarly shaped?
When you say the plant on the left, are you referring to the shrub under the shed window, (as opposed to the other shrub under the bedroom window)? Or to the separate tree on the far left? Also, not sure what the radius refers to in this instance?
It's hard for me to describe the dimensions because I don't know how close together the hollies are planted. I would go for a dome shape similar to the one you put in to the left of the gap you are dealing with.
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Ok so if I understand you correctly, it's okay to cut it back in this climate? Just to add some extra info - I'm in central FL, which is a little bit colder than other areas, and we are expecting some freezes next week. Is it still okay? And as for transplanting, you would probably have to cut a piece out with the roots and everything,, right? How big a piece of it do you need? I think she was just planning on buying one but maybe we could plant a piece of what we have.
Yes it's okay to prune hollies in pretty much any weather in Florida. If you transplant one of them you have to dig out a rootball around a foot in diameter at least. After you put it into the new hole you should water it a little every day for a few weeks.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:46 PM   #17
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Ok...Here are some different shapes - which one would you recommend?
1. http://www.south-florida-plant-guide...pon-holly.html

2. or this (the big bushy one on the center right of page
https://www.gardenerdirect.com/buy-p...-Burfordi-Nana

3. or this? (this looks like a different kind of plant though)
https://www.gardenerdirect.com/buy-p...crenata-Steeds

4. Here's a round one:
http://www.thewhimsicalgardener.com/...ear-later.html

5. This is a block but a little rounder
http://www.greengardenista.com/blog/...ll-of-berries/

I wish I could rip these out but she wants to keep them.
I would have to look under the bush again, but it looks like it's a close tangle of the trunk under there rather than lots of individual trees. Not really sure but I"ll check it out.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #18
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Definitely the first one.

Don't over-analyze this, established hollies grow so fast in the South that if you mess up you get to try again in a couple of months.
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Thank you!
Don't want to overthink it - just want to have a plan before I start cutting.
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Would those be okay for the Florida winter climate?
Also, how about roses> I' love, love, love roses. Would that work in winter?


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A trellis and fast growing vine, like honeysuckle or confederate jasmine would fill the bare spot under the window instantly, until you decide what you want.
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Not garden related- but if you get the roof sprayed another color like a terracotta look, it will help alot too.
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Hi,
Thank you all for your advice a few months ago. We've done some, and are now working on the front yard again now that it's spring.
So the first order of business is the hollies. I personally thing they are dreadful and would like to sell them to a landscaper who would come and pull them out, then put in some small scale bushes that will be neat and tidy.
But here's my question. At present they are about 3.5 feet high. The stalks are really thick at this point. Can they be cut back to make them really small once they are that mature? No more than 1-2 feet. Or should we just pull them out and sell them? I would want them to be filled out with space between them.

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I would not prune those plants up against the house into flat-tops. There are too many horizontal and vertical lines in your front view. Prune them to keep them below the window, but into a rounded top.

The shrub right in the middle looks good; bushes in the middle of a field of grass will look much better inside a rounded border with mulch inside.

If you are up for it, I would get away from the white in favor of a light tint, like a clay color that would go well with all the green. Leave the fascia or gutters white. Then you could leave the door white to stand out from the rest.
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