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Shrubs are an integral part of residential and sometimes commercial landscaping


In most cases, shrubs are only about 15 feet at most. Depending on the type of shrub used, they can be short or tall. Knowing the types of shrubs and how they thrive in their native habitat can assist in deciding the best option for you.

Types of Native Shrubs and Hedges
There are three most used types of shrubs:
These shrubs are beautiful year-round and don't usually lose their leaves. They look and feel different based on selection.
These drop their leaves during the fall and then grow in spring. These are intentionally designed shrubs.
These types of shrubs can be evergreen or deciduous. Some bloom, and then leaves appear; others can bloom anytime.

Hedges and Shrubs for Landscape Appeal

Did you know that hedges are just shrubs put together in a wall? Hedges serve different purposes. When used for landscape aesthetics, they can be evergreen or deciduous but are used to offer different levels of privacy.

Choosing suitable shrubs is a process. It is crucial to figure out the shrub's climate to ensure it can stand over a long period. How the shrubs will be used is something to consider. Is it privacy? Depending on where you live, a more wildlife-based shrub may be an excellent solution to provide berries and flowers to any animals in the area.

The shrub must be in the right conditions to thrive. Each shrub has its personality and requirements based on where its native habitat. In optimal conditions, these native plants will thrive. Features may also draw you to a particular shrub, such as shrubs with beautiful flowers or some with multiple features.

Caring for the shrubs is a factor

Privet plants used to be popular. Although pretty, having to cut to keep up with it continuously may not work. A drought-tolerant option may be better suited to your needs.
Yes, Shrubs are Different from Trees
Adding different types of native plants is always a good idea for variety in the design. While shrubs and hedges are great ideas, having a tree or two adds to the ecosystem. Here are the differences:
A tree is considered to be a tall plant that has woody tissue.
Trees grow two rings annually – one in the summer and one in the spring.
Common trees in the U.S. include the loblolly pine.
Shrubs are woody plants with a height of fewer than 18 feet and perennial stems. They can also be called bushes.
Common shrubs in the U.S. include lilacs, forsythia, roses, and hibiscus.
While different, they work well together when landscaping. You can have a tall shrub and a small tree, which adds to the mix-up. Knowing how they can effectively work together makes a difference.

Shrub Maintenance Tips
If you're going to plant shrubs and possibly create hedges, it's essential to know how to care for them properly:
Remove any diseased, dead, or broken branches. When shrubs are dormant, this is the best time for pruning. Certain shrubs require a little more care than others.
Water them, especially during the first year, to ensure the soil is moist, and they can learn to stand independently. Ensure the water penetrates the internal system. Using a soaker hose to water all the plants would be helpful.
While most shrubs don't need fertilizer, the possibility of weeds affecting the garden is excellent. If the shrub turns yellow, test the soil and use fertilizer if necessary.

There are a few ways to handle shrubs during the winter months. Some shrubs may need to be wrapped, while others may need animal-repellent spray.
For the best outcome when planning how to use your land or increase the aesthetic, consider the look and feel of what you want as your research. Incorporating shrubs and trees that protect and create habitats, produce food, and provide.

We're ready to help you get on the right track with shrubs and other native plants that will provide a beautiful aesthetic to your home or commercial property.
Are you ready to elevate the look and feel of your current property? Contact us for a consultation to determine how we can help you. It can be overwhelming to hear about all the types of shrubs and trees available, but our staff makes things easy. For more information, call now!

Privet Hedge - TN Nursery

Privet Hedge

Privet Hedge is an evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and small, fragrant white flowers, commonly used for hedges and landscaping. It is a versatile and attractive shrub that offers a range of benefits when used in landscaping projects. Its adaptable nature, evergreen foliage, and various design applications have become popular among landscapers and gardeners. The privet hedge is officially known as the Ligustrum Ovalifolium, but gardeners often refer to it as the California Privet. It's native to Japan. However, it grows and thrives in many other countries, including the US. Homeowners and gardeners love it for its white flowers and ability to create privacy while adding to a home's curb appeal. Identifying Features of Privet Hedge It grows to heights of between 10 and 15 feet with a similar spread. In June and July, this hedge develops white flowers. Those blooms are usually between two and four inches long. The leaves are oval and typically grow to between one and two and a half inches long. It's considered a fast-growing shrub, and gardeners can expect it to gain one to two feet in height each year without pruning. Best Uses for This Shrub It is most commonly used as a living privacy fence or as garden mazes, and in English Gardens or Victorian-style gardens, it can reach heights of up to 15 feet. Gardeners can create thick, solid-looking walls with these bushes by planting them in a zigzagged double layer. Once these bushes have established themselves, they can be pruned to take certain shapes. Gardeners can even get creative with these bushes by leaving large gaps between the plants and installing arches or gates in order to create elaborate entrances. Find Excellent Companion Plants With TN Nursery Gardeners who are looking to add depth and color around it can choose between many types of wildflowers, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Some favorites include the sunshine ligustrum, peonies, lady's mantle, hostas, sedum, the New Zealand iris, boxwood, and Japanese holly. Gardeners and landscapers will enjoy it as part of a formal garden or living privacy fence. This versatile shrub can be pruned, shaped, and trained to grow around arches and wooden gates. It works well to soften concrete walkways, and it can add depth and interest to homes.

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Forsythia - TN Nursery


Forsythia has vibrant yellow, bell-shaped flowers that bloom profusely in early spring before their green leaves emerge, creating a striking burst of color in gardens and landscapes. It is a deciduous shrub widely appreciated for its abundant and vibrant yellow flowers that herald the arrival of spring. It offers numerous landscaping benefits, making it a popular choice for gardens and outdoor spaces. One of the primary advantages of incorporating it into landscaping is its early-blooming nature. Make Your Yard More Yellow With The Forsythia Forsythia is unparalleled in its ability to fill yards with a profusion of golden colors. Their early-season blossoming is so abundant that it covers landscapes in a kaleidoscope of yellow hues, signaling the arrival of spring. Pollinators that emerge during the first signs of spring rely on the nectar produced by these blooms. The sight of these colorful, bell-shaped blossoms arranged so closely together along the stems is breathtaking. They can reach eight to ten feet in height and ten to 12 feet in width. Their bark is rough and gray-brown in color. They can be erect, rounded, mounded, or arching. Their branches can be straight or curved. You can plant them as focal pieces or in mass groups. Enjoy Changing-Color Leaves With This Shrub In addition to their showy yellow blossoms, they also alter their leaves with the seasons. Depending on the time of year, the leaves transition from green to yellow to purple. They stay mostly green during the summer and then transition from yellow to deep purple hues throughout late autumn, right before they fall to the ground. These plants go dormant in the winter. Enjoy Fast Growth  They, particularly the bigger types, are shrubs that grow rapidly, often reaching a height of two feet in only 12 months. Because they grow fast, they can quickly fill up empty spaces in gardens and landscaping. Their fast growth also makes them work well as natural privacy screens. You can even grow them as hedges and borders for gardens and driveways. Their rapid growth nature increases their resilience to environmental stresses as well. TN Nursery Offers Lots of Design Versatility In addition to their use as natural hedges and borders, forsythias provide a great deal of creative flexibility in terms of design. Planting them side by side along a garden path will cause them to grow inward, creating a natural archway. Some people use them to create focal points. Others use them to help with soil stabilization on sloped banks because of their deep, complex root systems that retain topsoil.

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Purple Hibiscus - TN Nursery

Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus is a shrub or small tree known for its large, striking, funnel-shaped purple flowers with a prominent central stamen and glossy green leaves, making it a popular ornamental plantThis shrub presents many advantages when incorporated into landscaping designs, offering a blend of aesthetic, ecological, and practical benefits that make it a prized choice among landscape designers and homeowners. Purple Hibiscus, also known by their family name, Hibisceae, are stunningly gorgeous flowers that are characterized by their two different shades of purple. They instantly add a sense of elegance to any yard and will keep coming back year after year. The Beautiful Flowers Of Purple Hibiscus The first thing you'll notice about these colorful flowers is that they're trumpet-shaped, and there are no other flowers that look quite like them. They're also sometimes referred to by their common name, rose mallow, although their name is a bit of a misnomer. Most of these flowers will grow into their characteristic royal hues, but they can also become pink, red, white, yellow, or orange. Either way, they open beautifully to put themselves on display. Aside from the flower's petals, there is also a cluster of white that shoots out from the middle. This is actually a five-lobed capsule, which contains seeds and will really excite your local bees. The Leaves Of This Shrub Aside from the flowers themselves, the shrub that they grow on also produces alternately grown leaves that have lobed margins. It is possible for these multi-stemmed, deciduous shrubs to grow up to 15 feet tall. The mixture of these rich, dark green leaves and bright flowers creates a stunning contrast that would look fantastic on any property. Provide Homes for Wildlife With TN Nursery's Help Aside from looking absolutely gorgeous, planting one of these shrubs will also bring butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees to your yard. This makes a special treat for bird lovers, especially those who haven't been previously able to attract hummingbirds onto their property. They're also a vital part of the ecosystem and offer a place for pollinators to gather one of the main ingredients of life. Make Your Yard Pop Whether you're a big fan of their purplish-blue color, want to attract wildlife, or are looking for instant curb appeal, you'll get what you're looking for when you plant them. If you've ever driven down a street and witnessed flowers that took your breath away, then you know exactly how these will make everyone else feel. They can't help being showy, and you'll be really glad for it.

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