Shrubs Used in Landscaping

Shrubs are among the most common plants for landscaping. They are popular as borders and hedges and blend well with other landscape plants. Many types of shrubs are available and varieties exist for nearly every soil, sun and environmental condition. Some varieties flower and many are evergreen.

Common Boxwood

Native to Europe, Asia and Africa, the common boxwood shrub has made its way into landscapes worldwide. This shrub is characterized by evergreen leaves and a rounded structure. Depending on the cultivar, common boxwood shrubs can reach 15 to 20 feet in height with matching width. Smaller varieties may form compact mounds and may only reach 2 to 4 feet in height. Boxwood shrubs grow well in moist, well-drained soil and are tolerant of alkaline soil conditions. Mulch around the base of the plant to protect the root structure and retain moisture. Choose a spot where the shrub will receive full to partial sun. Pick a location where the shrub will be protected from harsh winter winds. Common boxwoods are popular hedge and screen plants. Common boxwood is hardy in zones 5 to 8.

Lemoine Deutzia

This hybrid shrub is characterized by a rounded form of green leaves and clusters of small, white flowers in spring. It can reach 5 to 7 feet tall and wide. Lemoine deutzia grows best when planted in moist and well-drained soil. It can tolerate alkaline soil and windy conditions and prefers full sun. Plant Lemoine deutzia as a hedge, border or specimen plant. Prune it annually to keep it looking neat. Lemoine deutzia is hardy in zones 5 to 8.

Anglojap Yew

Anglojap yew is a versatile shrub with many varieties. Some varieties of Anglojap yew can tolerate less than desirable conditions of cold weather and resist winter burn. Female plants produce ornamental red fruit. The form and structure of this evergreen varies by cultivar, with shrubs reaching 2 to 20 feet tall and 6 to 20 feet wide. This shrub can grow well in both full sun and relatively deep shade. It is popularly used as a hedge, foundation or screen plant. Plant Anglojap yew in moist, well-drained soil. When choosing a location, be mindful that the foliage and fruit seeds of female plants are toxic. Anglojap yew is hardy in zones 5 to 7.

Dyer's Greenwood

Hailing from Europe and western Asia, Dyer's greenwood is a small shrub that produces bright yellow flowers during summer. It can reach 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. This upright shrub tolerates windy conditions and soils that are dry or alkaline. For best results, plant Dyer's greenwood in dry soil in an area of full sunlight. Use it as a foundation, border or specimen plant. Dyer's greenwood is hardy in zones 4 to 7.

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