Shrubs are low maintenance plants that add color and compactness to your yard or garden. They offer an excellent way to provide structure, fill up empty spaces and give that extra spice to your garden or lawn. Unlike most people think, shrubs do not mature into trees, but they vary in size with some growing to become massive bushes. However, some shrubs will fit into your yard perfectly, regardless of the scale. Here are more details to know about shrubs.
Shrubs are woody plants that have rounded shapes with several stems. A shrub is generally smaller than a tree and can either be evergreen or deciduous. Unlike trees that have the main truck, shrubs have several thinner stems that grow from ground level. Shrubs are sometimes referred to as “bushes,” as there are no exact differences between both classes of plants. Shrubs can be shaped into specific ornamental shapes by pruning or being left to grow into their natural forms.
Shrubs are very important as they are for several different purposes in landscaping. They can serve as
• Hedges to line your property and also serve as boundary markers. Shrubs as hedges can also provide privacy and wind protection for your property.
• Foundation plants
• Decorative plants to add color and charm to your yard
• The backdrop to give structure to your garden beds
From small, low growing shrubs to huge, brightly colored bushes, there is a wide variety of shrubs to fit into any landscape. Shrubs are mainly divided into two main types; evergreen and deciduous.
• Evergreen shrubs
These are small woody bush plants that retain their leaves throughout the year. They remain green continuously, regardless of the season. Evergreen bushes offer several benefits, especially in the winter months including giving your lawn or garden an engaging look all year round; and continually providing privacy even in winter months when used as hedges. Evergreen shrubs give your landscape permanent structure and color. Examples of popular evergreens include Azalea, Japanese Skimmias, Wintercreeper (Euonymus), Japanese Laurel, Hebe, Box, and so much more.
These are shrubs that lose their foliage during unfavorable weather conditions like winter or fall. The leaves on these types of shrubs fall off at the start of the winter season, leaving only the skeletal stem framework standing. Although they may look bare, deciduous shrubs do not die when they lose their greenery and will bounce back to normal when the season becomes favorable again. It may seem like a no-brainer to go for an evergreen over a deciduous bush for your yard, however, deciduous bushes com with their advantages too.
Unlike evergreens that remain green all year round, deciduous shrubs offer an ever-changing look to your yard as their leaves tend to change color as the seasons change. As the weather becomes colder, the foliage turns into vibrant shades of red and orange, giving your lawn a fresh, attractive look. Examples of deciduous shrubs include Bush Honeysuckle, Smooth Hydrangea, Spirea, and Barberry.
Under these two broad types, shrubs further divided into the following categories
• Low-growing Shrubs
These types of bushes do not grow into huge bushes and are perfect for small gardens. They can be quickly grown in containers too. Examples include Juniper, Spirea, Japanese Laurel, Skimmias, Honeysuckle, and so much more.
• Large Shrubs
These shrubs grow into large bushes and are perfect for big to medium-sized lawns. If you are looking for something grand and attractive, these types of shrubs are the best for you. They can be shaped into a shrubbery, giving your lawn that extra factor. Large shrubs include Rhododendron, Camellia, Elaeagnus, English Holly, Laurel, and Canada Hemlock.
Whatever size your garden, large shrubs will always make a statement. You can plant a feature shrub in a small to medium-sized garden, or have several large shrubs growing together to create a ‘[shrubbery](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrubbery)’ in a more extensive garden.
• Flowering Shrubs
These are shrubs that produce beautiful flowers while filling up those empty spaces along with your lawn. If you are looking for shrubs with beautiful blooms, here are some you can consider: Hydrangeas, Forsythia, Butterfly Bush (Buddleja), Viburnum and Rose of Sharon.
• Sweet-Smelling Shrubs
Would you prefer to have a pleasant smell in your yard? Some shrubs are used primarily to provide a beautiful sensory detail to lawns and gardens. Some of these sweet-smelling bushes include Lilac, Lavender Buddleia, Myrtle, Daphne, etc.
• Shade-Loving Shrubs
Lastly, if you have an empty shaded corner in your yard that you’ll love to fill up with a small bush, some shade-loving shrubs are perfect to use. These include Andromeda, California Sweetshrub, Camellias, and Coast Leucothoe.
Shrubs can make beautiful additions to your landscape. Whether they are boundary markers, foundation plants, hedges for privacy, or just as ornamental plants, it is advisable to use a landscaping company to find the best shrub for your intended purpose. With an experienced team of professionals, we at Eden are dedicated to helping you make the right landscaping decisions, including the best shrub for your yard. Make a booking with our experts and get the best advice and services, regardless of the season.