Shrubs should always be included in any yard or garden. They add so much to an outdoor design and are very easy to care for and maintain. Since many of them are seasonal, you can have them planted in different areas of your landscape for color throughout all the seasons.
You should choose a shrub that offers flowers, berries, fall color, winter texture, or any combination of these. Shrubs come in all sizes,even dwarf varieties that only needs infrequent trimming to shrubs that will resist insects and are tolerant to diseases.
Shrub roses can adorn your garden with exquisite blooms rich with color and fragrance. Roses add beauty to a yard with their sturdy structure. Also, look for shrubs that have a long blooming seasons to add non-stop color. Lilacs are also a very popular shrub that features trusses of fragrant, purple-pink blooms in spring.
A butterfly bush also gives strong seasonal long interest with unfurling gold leaves that contrast with sweetly scented deep purple blooms. Shrubs are great to place in different areas around your garden. They do especially well placed next to a canopy gazebo, as they can serve as a barrier around the sides, while at the same time adding greenery and color.
Tips for Planting Shrubs
When choosing plants, look for ones that aren’t wilting. Avoid pots where soil is overly dry and pulling away from pot edges. When buying a flowering shrub, select one that is in bloom to ensure you are getting the color you want.
When planting shrubs, you will need to dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the pot. Add compost, or top soil to your soil if it is not fine and workable.
If your plant is root-bound with roots coming out of the pot, use a box cutter to slice through the roots and place ¼ to ½ inch cuts in the root ball to loosen it up some.
Position your shrub in the hole so it is sitting at the same depth it was in the pot. Fill the hole to achieve the right depth. Tamp the soil in around the plant with your trowel, hand or feet. Water your new plant with lots of water the first time to make sure the water gets soaked down far enough into the soil.