Ideas for a front bed in a house that faces west.

July 3, 2018

My house faces nearly due west in zone 7b. That means that while the front beds get at least 6 hours of sun a day, it's the hot, afternoon sun. Eventually the cherry trees that line the frontage of the house will provide later afternoon shade, but I'm not counting on that happening for many years. I'm having a hard time deciding what I want to plant in my front beds. I want an edible shrub. Initially, I was thinking hazelnuts, but I think that they really need more morning sun than afternoon sun. I was also thinking pomegranates, but I'm not how well they would fruit in 7B. I wouldn't mind some kind of berry bush like blueberry or raspberry, but was hoping for something a little more unusual. Has anyone had any luck growing something like hazelnuts or pomegranates in 7B, especially facing west? Thanks!

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