5 Ways to Use Shrubs in Your Landscape

by Amanda

Shrubs are an amazingly-simple way to add big, bold statements in the garden with little work. They are large in size, many provide year-long interest in the garden and delight with stunning blooms. Whether you have sun, shade, dry soil or not – There is certainly a place in your garden for a shrub! Below you will find 5 popular ways to use shrubs in your landscape.

  • Create a Focal Point. The sheer grandeur of a Hydrangea bursting in blooms makes it one of the most impressive plants in the garden. The lovely blue blooms of the Hydrangea All Summer Beauty are a true conversation-starter and the whimsical contrast of lime green and pink in Pistachio’s blooms will also create a “wow” statement in the summer garden. The massive, bright blooms of Hibiscus will also draw attention and have (literally) stopped traffic at the American Meadows’ test gardens.
  • Add Year-Round Interest. Weigela Merlot Rose is a dramatic shrub that blooms a lovely pink in early spring, keeping its handsome bronze foliage throughout the seasons. It will also thrive in sun and shade. Elderberries illuminate the spring garden with golden, finely textured leaves and blooms in the summer, followed by wonderfully-bright berries.
  • Create Privacy & Hide Unsightly Views. Have a neighbor that is a little too close for comfort or want to hide an ugly chain-link fence? Large, vibrant shrubs such as Hydrangea, Butterfly Bushes, Hibiscus and more are perfect for doing this work for you!
  • Build “Garden Rooms.” Because of their height and spread, Shrubs can be planted as “walls” to create a charming garden “room.” Place your favorite hammock or outdoor seat in your garden room for the ultimate relaxing place to read a great book in the summer months.
  • Provide Cover for Birds & Other Wildlife. It’s probably not much of a surprise that winged wildlife love Butterfly Bushes and can not only feedbut take shelter in them. Other shrubs that can be planted to help attract and provide cover for wildlife are Hydrangea, Hibiscus and Forsythia.

Try planting shrubs (or one, depending on your space) this season to add interest to your garden year-round, create a dramatic statement, add privacy, or to build your own garden room. You will not only gain a beautiful focal point in your space, but will also provide food and shelter for birds and butterflies.

  1. Bird Watcher Native Shrub Collection

    Enjoy year-round beauty while providing food and shelter for songbirds with our Bird Watcher Native Shrub Collection. The show starts with bright white flowers to attract pollinators...

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    Bird Watcher Native Shrub Collection Bird Watcher Native Shrub Collection
    $59.98
    Per Collection of 3
    Enjoy year-round beauty while providing food and shelter for songbirds with our Bird Watcher Native Shrub Collection. The show starts with bright white flowers to attract pollinators from spring through summer. As autumn approaches, enjoy dynamic color changes as flowers fade, red berries ripen, and fall foliage shifts to brick and burgundy. Visiting songbirds add to the beauty and wonder in the garden. Collection of 3 shrubs.
  2. Wyldewood Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis x Wyldewood with berries

    ‘Wyldewood’ Elderberry is an outstanding native shrub that creates wildlife habitat and year-round beauty, with the added benefit of a bountiful crop of edible berries. Green lan...

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    Wyldewood Elderberry Wyldewood Elderberry Sambucus canadensis x Wyldewood
    As low as $22.65
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    ‘Wyldewood’ Elderberry is an outstanding native shrub that creates wildlife habitat and year-round beauty, with the added benefit of a bountiful crop of edible berries. Green lance-shaped foliage surrounds huge 12” white-petaled flower heads that bloom with a lemony scent in midsummer, followed by rich purple berries. Fast-growing, it’s a fantastic choice for growing along a fence, as a garden backdrop, or as a hedgerow to create privacy. (Sambucus canadensis)
  3. Longwood Blue Bluebeard Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis Longwood Blue
    $16.95
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ‘Longwood Blue’ is a taller selection that flowers later than other types, giving you color deep into the season. Striking when mass-planted. (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
  4. Mophead Hydrangea All Summer Beauty, Hydrangea macrophylla All Summer Beauty

    All Summer Beauty Hydrangea is a compact, long-blooming mophead variety that produces big, bouncy flowers on 4 ft shrubs. Because it blooms on both new growth and old wood, flowers w...

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    All Summer Beauty Mophead Hydrangea Mophead Hydrangea All Summer Beauty Hydrangea macrophylla All Summer Beauty
    $18.65
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'All Summer Beauty' Hydrangea is a compact, long-blooming mophead variety that produces big, bouncy flowers on 4 ft shrubs. Because it blooms on both new growth and old wood, flowers will form throughout the season, even after a harsh winter - which can be the undoing of other hydrangeas. Known for its bright blue blooms in acid soils, expect to see shades of pink and purple where the ground is more alkaline. (Hydrangea macrophylla)
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