Category: Shrubs

Native Shrubs For The Garden

Native species of shrubs are among the most beautiful plants for the garden. They’re also easy to grow and care for as they’ve adapted to the natural environmental conditions and can tolerate even the harshest of conditions. The following are few treasured native shrubs which are ideal for the garden. Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is the […]

Spring Flowering Shrubs

In spring, after a long winter, nothing is more welcome than colorful flowers. With a wide range of sizes, colors, textures and shapes to choose from, no garden should be without at least one spring blooming shrub. Pinkshell Azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi) is a native deciduous azalea ideal for a woodland garden, shrub border or for […]

10 Summer Blooming Shrubs

A misconception among gardeners is that once the spring has ended there are only a few flowering shrubs to chose from. While there are fewer shrubs in bloom during summer the ones which do flower provide stunning (hydrangea), fragrant (mockorange) flowers. The following are some popular, easy to grow choices. Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) is […]

Using Evergreens For Winter Interest

Though evergreen trees and shrubs are important to the garden all year long, they are perhaps most noticed during the winter. After the deciduous plants lose their leaves, evergreens become the prominent feature in the landscape. As one of the few colors in the garden, they help brighten up a barren winter landscape. Some evergreens, […]

Winter Interest – Silhouette

In the winter, after the flowers are gone and leaves have fallen to the ground, the basic structure and shape of garden plants becomes an important feature in the landscape. While evergreen trees and shrubs can have dramatic silhouettes all year long, the branching structure of deciduous trees and shrubs is hidden most of the […]

Planting Garden Shrubs

Thoughtful planning, careful plant selection and proper site preparation are essential to the success of new plants in the garden.  In spring, searching for new shrubs can be exciting yet overwhelming.  With so much new stock at the nursery, it can be difficult to decide what to buy.  To be sure your investment in new […]

Winter Interest – Seed Pods

After the flowers are gone and the leaves have fallen from the trees, other plant characteristics, not noticed or even available to the summer garden, begin to emerge. One such plant quality is the seed head or seed pod which can droop from a tree limb or sway atop ornamental grass. Both the thornless honey […]

Winter Interest – Bark

In fall, after the leaves fall, some trees and shrubs stand out in the garden with their unique bark. Some plants have bark with interesting texture while others provide striking colors. An often overlooked feature in the garden, a plant’s bark is most important in the winter. The Heritage Birch Tree (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’) is […]

Winter Interest – Berries

Winter berries are a great way to add color and interest to a winter landscape. There are quite a few shrubs which produce berries which are suitable for almost any garden. Some berry producing plants require both a male and female plant. Hollies need a male plant nearby for pollination and berry production. Bayberry (Myrica […]

Great Accent Shrubs

Accent plants in the garden are able to draw one’s attention because of their unique qualities. Both evergreens and deciduous plants are suitable as specimen shrubs or trees. Evergreens are treasured for their unusual and distinct shape or color. Deciduous plants, those which lose their leaves in the winter, are usually noted for their flowers, […]