Best quick growing, easy maintenance?

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I would like your recommendations on a quick growing easy maintenance shrub or hedge. I have a good bit of space so size is not exactly a problem but I want the bare areas gone quick. I live in Maryland to give you an idea of my growing area.

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Myself, I'd go with Pussy willow. We had one outside my bedroom window when I was a kid, so I admit to being biased! But it was fun, first you get the pretty silver-white catkins which can be brought in to put in a vase. (And rub on your face, because they are soft and fuzzy. :love: ) Then, you get pretty little yellow flowers to put in the vase. They'll root in water; I remember seeing that happen, too. Cool!! :cool: We pruned ours once a year.

They are considered a bit invasive. (Don't plant near water lines, sewer lines or septic tank fields!) I read an article that said that the person had pruned theirs, and left the pruned bits on the ground (got busy doing something else, I can relate!!) But they came back 3-4 days later, and the clippings already were trying to root. So, you probably only have to buy one, then prune and plant!! ;)

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/growing-pussy-willows.htm
 

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