There are numerous types of landscaping shrubs. They can range in size from the smaller forms on up to the larger tree-like varieties. There are evergreen shrubs, which retain their color and leaves year round, and there are deciduous shrubs, which eventually lose their foliage after putting on a colorful fall show.
Choosing Shrubs for the Landscape
Shrubs have many uses. They can be foundation plantings, privacy hedges, and specimen plants. They can be used as backdrops, to define garden beds, and to simply add seasonal interest. Foliage differs from plant to plant, so look for foliage colors that will create a pleasing visual effect and subtle contrast to the other plants within the landscape. Fall foliage colors can range from silver, gold, and variegated varieties to red, purple, and dark green.
Shrubs can be planted any time of the year. However, the most optimal time time to plant shrubs is in the fall or early spring to give roots plenty of time to become established within the landscape.
Always consider the overall height and width of the shrub once it reaches maturity. There should be adequate space available for the shrub to grow. For instance, if a shrub is being used as a foundation planting, ensure that its mature growth will not block windows or obstruct walkways.
Also, consider the appearance of the shrub after its initial blooming period has ceased. Since the majority of shrubs are non-flowering most of the year, try to match them to the conditions of your particular landscape.
It is also very important that landscaping shrubs complement their surroundings. Therefore, it is also a good idea to research native shrubs as well as landscaping shrubs in order to become familiar with their growing conditions, especially in your given area.
And if this is all a little too overwhelming stop into our Garden Center and let us help you with a plan and planting. And even better, our knowledgeable staff will show you exactly what the plants look like to take out the guess work.