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. Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea

    Annabelle' Hydrangea is famous for its huge, snow-white blooms and excellent cold hardiness. This shorter variety grows 3 - 5 ft tall and flowers reliably, even after severe winters ...

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    Annabelle Snowball Hydrangea Snowball Hydrangea Annabelle Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle
    $13.99 Sale $12.59
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Annabelle' Hydrangea is famous for its huge, snow-white blooms and excellent cold hardiness. This shorter variety grows 3 - 5 ft tall and flowers reliably, even after severe winters and intentional pruning. Its enormous 10" blooms and ability to adapt to both cold and heat have made 'Annabelle' one of the most popular hydrangeas in the country. (Hydrangea arborescens)
  2. Purple Butterfly Bush Black Night, Buddleia davidii, Butterfly Bush

    'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast to its dark green foliage. Intensely fragrant and attractive to pollinators, 'Black Knight' is perfect...

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    Black Knight Butterfly Bush Butterfly Bush Black Knight Buddleia davidii Black Knight
    $9.32 Sale $8.39
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast to its dark green foliage. Intensely fragrant and attractive to pollinators, 'Black Knight' is perfect for planting outside a window for a delightful show of butterflies and hummingbirds. Easy to grow, deer-resistant, and useful when planted as a hedge or privacy screen. (Buddleia davidii)
  3. Four Seasons Bird Watcher Shrub Collection

    Enjoy year-round beauty while providing food and shelter for songbirds with our Four Seasons Bird Watcher Shrub Collection. This exceptional trio includes spring-blooming Forsythia w...

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    Four Seasons Bird Watcher Shrub Collection Four Seasons Bird Watcher Shrub Collection
    $62.65 Sale $49.49
    Per Collection of 3
    Enjoy year-round beauty while providing food and shelter for songbirds with our Four Seasons Bird Watcher Shrub Collection. This exceptional trio includes spring-blooming Forsythia with sunny yellow blooms, native Viburnum with colorful foliage and vibrant clusters of berries, and Beautyberry’s luminous, lavender-purple berries. Visiting songbirds add to the beauty and wonder in the garden.
  4. Luna Red Hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheutos bloom

    Luna Red Hibiscus brings tropical flair to the hardy perennial garden with dramatic eight-inch cranberry red blooms produced continuously from mid to late summer. Broad, deep green f...

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    Luna Red Hibiscus Luna Red Hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos
    $11.99 Sale $10.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Luna Red Hibiscus brings tropical flair to the hardy perennial garden with dramatic eight-inch cranberry red blooms produced continuously from mid to late summer. Broad, deep green foliage provides stunning contrast to the bright blooms. More compact growth and dense branching make Luna Red an ideal specimen for containers or borders. Deer resistant. (Hibiscus moscheutos)
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