Different Types Of
Garden shrubs are
probably the most important plants in your garden. Hedge Shrubs
provide shelter and privacy. You can choose between evergreen and
deciduous ones. Some shrubs flower in the spring others during the
summer. A few special shrubs e.g. Camellias even flower during the
winter offering color to your garden when nothing else is in bloom.
Other shrubs have very
attractive foliage that will enhance the appearance of your garden
all year round. Examples for this would be Photinia Red Robin with
its new red leaves or Junipers with their silvery foliage.
Some gardening shrubs
have the added bonus of decorative berries or fruit like Pyracantha,
Cotoneaster or ornamental quince. These can be a great food source
for birds and other wildlife in the winter.
Scented foliage is also
a great aspect of a garden shrub. Lavender is probably the best known
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Evergreen Or Deciduous
When planning your
garden it is nice to have a mixture of evergreen and deciduous
shrubs. Too many evergreen shrubs and trees can make a garden very
dull and boring looking because most evergreens don't have much of a
flower. They are looking the same all year round without much of a
highlight. Evergreen shrubs though make a great background for
flowering shrubs, grasses and perennials.
Plants that shed their
leaves in the winter often flower during spring or summer. Their
newly emerging foliage adds a wonderful fresh touch to the spring
garden. Some of them e.g. Forsythias flower profusely in early spring
before the leaves come on them. A lot of these spring and summer
flowering garden shrubs are a great source of pollen and nectar for
bees, butterflies and other insects.
A lot of deciduous plants have brilliant autumn colors. Shades of reds a yellows look beautiful in the autumn garden.
Growing Conditions For
You can find a suitable
shrub for nearly any condition be it sun or shade, damp, moist or dry
soil. You just have to do your research and choose the right plant
for your growing conditions and hardiness zone. That is actually a
very important part of the success with gardening. Planting the right
plant in the right place is half the battle.
come in all sizes so always check if your space matches the size of
the plant when it will be fully grown. It is sometimes hard to
envisage to what size young plants that you buy in a nursery will
grow into. What often happens then is that plants are planted too
closely and grow into each other. The larger more vigorous plant will
then take over on the others and smothers them.
Small gardens are often
only suited to dwarf shrubs as are small beds and rockeries.
Sometimes climate dictates the necessity for a xeriscape garden with suitable shrubs and plants. Xeric Gardens
with drought smart plants are very attractive for whatever reason you want to create one.
Shrubs And Hedges For Coastal Gardens
Gardeners near the sea have to deal with a different climate and therefore need plants that can tolerate high winds and salt spray. We garden near the Atlantic coast for many years and have learned the hard way what works and what doesn't. So here is our section about shrubs for coastal gardens: