Ideas for Landscaping With Shrubs

There are many advantages to landscaping with shrubs. Since shrubs are perennials, they are a one-time investment and make gardening simpler. They can occupy a large amount of space, but many varieties can be trimmed and kept smaller if that better suits your needs. There are various flowering shrubs from which to choose, and also a variety of leaf colors. Shrubs provide shelter for birds during the winter, and evergreen shrubs add interest to the landscape year-round.

Flowering Shrubs

Flowering shrubs are an ideal landscaping element because they provide the best of both worlds: abundant foliage and beautiful blossoms. Forsythia produce small yellow flowers and are one of the first plants to bloom in the spring. Honeysuckle are known for their fragrant blossoms that bloom in the spring. Hydrangeas come with white, pink or blue blossoms that grow to be 6 inches in diameter. Spirea are a versatile, easy-to-grow plant. The flowers range from white to pink to red, and the shrub's size varies from 1 to 7 feet tall.

Shrubs with Colorful Foliage

You can find shrubs with not only different shades of green foliage, but many other colors to enhance your landscaping. As the name implies, purpleleaf sand cherries have purple leaves. The purpleleaf also has small white flowers that bloom in May and cherries in the fall. Golden vicary privets have bright yellow foliage, as do the golden Japanese barberry, golden elder and the golden mockorange. Several shrubs boast red foliage throughout the growing season, such as the Japanese barberry atropurpurea and the Japanese maple, while the sumac turns fiery red in the fall.

Evergreen Shrubs

If you choose evergreen shrubs for landscaping, you can enjoy color throughout the winter months. The emerald and gold Euonymus has dark green leaves with yellow margins that turn pink or red during the winter. Rheingold Arborvitae's deep gold foliage turns copper to brownish-yellow in the winter. The tall, thin junipers provide year-round greenery, as do the boxwoods. There are many varieties of pines from which to choose as well.

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Janet Clark has worked as a professional writer for nine years. She has had more than 400 articles published. Her work has appeared in The Iowan, Iowa Gardening, Friends Journal,The Des Moines Register, Today Magazine, Fort Dodge Business Review,The Messenger, and She has also written a novel, Blind Faith. Clark has received several awards from the Iowa Press Women for her work.