A quick guide to choosing shrubs
Using landscaping shrubs, you can craft your garden to look just as you desire. Many of these shrubs are quite hardy and grow in less-than-hospitable environments, so they can be relied on to lend a constant look of beauty to your landscape.
Spring Garden Shrubs
Spring garden shrubs are deciduous in nature, which means they go through a leaf cycle and are dormant in the winter. While this means they aren't much in the winter, spring garden shrubs glow and look amazing during the spring.
Azaleas are one of the best known and most loved spring garden shrubs. These flowering beauties grow well in slightly acidic soil, and can handle shaded areas. Generally hardy, azaleas can grow in most environments in the United States.
Burning Bush Shrubs
The burning bush shrub adds a fiery beauty to your garden. It has small, reddish-pink oval leaves, will flower with small yellow buds and red berries adorn its branches. One of the most popular shrubs, the burning bush shrub grows to a massive 10 to 15 feet in height and is a late-year bloomer that will add color to your landscape throughout the autumn months.
Forsythia meadowlarks provide a deep yellow color when they bloom in the early springtime, and provide a beautiful contrast to red twig dogwoods. It is a tough plant and can withstand harsh winters. The forsythia meadowlark reaches between six and eight feet in height.
Red Twig Dogwood
The red twig dogwood has a beautiful white flower during the spring and summer months. Best of all, while other spring garden shrubs lose their luster in winter, the red twig dogwood's bright red color makes it stand out. Red twig dogwoods are larger shrubs and can grow up to six feet.
The boxwood shrub is a perfect complement to any garden. Boxwood shrubs have extremely small leaves that grow thickly on its branches. Its dense leaves allow it to be shaped. You can cut and prune boxwood shrubs to look like animals or any other design you choose, adding flair and beauty to your garden.
Boxwood shrubs can grow to be between 8 to 10 feet in height but if constantly trimmed, they can remain as small as you like. They grow best in direct sunlight, but can still thrive in a partially shaded environment.