Plants By Type
Shrubs in Landscaping
When people think of shrubs, they usually imagine prickly hedges and topiary bushes (often the classic Boxwood or Juniper shrubs). However, shrubs can be as beautiful as they are useful when it comes to planning a landscape. For example, Rose of Sharon and Lilac shrubs are hardy plants that produce beautiful flowers and attract pollinators. Shrubs are defined as woody plants with many stems and a shorter height than a tree (though some species of plant may develop into either, depending on their growing conditions). Some shrubs are evergreen, and most are perennial, meaning you don't have to worry about digging them up and planting new ones each year. A topiary is a shrub that has been "groomed" into a particular shape. Many shrubs can be allowed to grow wild without trimming, but ones planted close to homes or other structures may need regular shaping. Non-Ornamental Uses for Shrubs-Well-tended shrubs can be clustered or staggered to denote property borders, create privacy, or act as a windbreak. You might plant a row of shrubs along one side of your yard to put some distance between you and your neighbors, for instance. Planting shrubs around your home can help insulate it from winter winds or provide shade through hot summers. If your garden is plagued by certain pests, shrubs can help deter them. For instance, deer avoid American holly, while rabbits dislike cotoneaster. You can also provide food and shelter for local birds with shrubs like the burning bush, staghorn sumac, hemlocks and privet shrubs. You can also incorporate topiary shrubs into your landscaping for increased curb appeal. Maintenance-How much time do you want to spend on maintaining your landscape? Plants like the virginia rose bush usually look their best with regular deadheading and pruning, while a butterfly bush only needs to be pruned down every spring to stimulate new growth. Hardiness Zone-Plants grow differently (or not at all) depending on the climate they're grown in. The butterfly bush mentioned above will form into a woody, tree-like shrub in warmer zones, but not in cooler ones. Make sure your shrubs will survive! Some may also prefer more acidic or basic soil, more or less sunlight, and so on. These are all important considerations when choosing a landscaping plant that will flourish and improve your property with its presence.