Many shrubs provide year-round interest through their branches, leaves, flowers and fruit. It can be said that shrubs can add value and curb appeal to your home and create borders and privacy. The right shrubs can be used to create charming garden “rooms.” This is why adding shrubs to the landscape is a project you need to do.
When choosing a shrub for your landscape, it is important to consider its mature size and adaptability to the climate of the planting site. This will ensure that it fits the space well and doesn’t eventually outgrow the area.
For a natural look, plant your shrubs in clusters of odd numbers to mimic the way nature grows them. This helps the shrubs blend together and keeps them from looking crowded. Planting shrubs in groups also allows for easier pruning, making them a less labor intensive part of your landscaping. But more than that, shrubs have more functions than that if applied correctly to a landscape. Shrubs can be used in a variety of ways in your landscape. Here are some ideas for you.
Create a Privacy Hedge
Planting shrubs in a dense, fast-growing hedging format creates privacy that can be more visually appealing than a tall fence. Evergreen plants like this Japanese euonymus with gold-, cream- and white-variegated foliage make excellent hedging choices because they can be planted close together without looking sparse. Junipers, too, offer a variety of height options and are an excellent choice for hedging because they grow well when pruned.
Hedging shrubs also work well when you need to block sight lines in a specific area of the yard. Here, a row of fast-growing plants like Green Giant Western Arborvitae provide year-round privacy, act as a windbreak and help absorb ambient noise.
Use as a Backdrop
Often used as backdrops for flowering plants or as focal points, shrubs make beautiful landscape features. They are also a great option for screening or filling in areas of the garden.
Shrubs are an important part of the natural landscape, providing food and shelter for wildlife and preventing soil erosion. In addition, shrubs are attractive to humans, appealing to our inner search for beauty.
Bring Color to Your Landscape
Shrubs add color to the landscape with flowers, berries and foliage. Many have sweet smells, too. They are perfect for framing a home’s architectural details or showcasing flower beds. They also make great backdrops for smaller plants like annuals and perennials.
There are shrubs that bloom all season long such as azaleas and rhododendrons. They can be mixed in with evergreens to create attractive hedges or used as foundation plantings and borders. There are also a number of evergreen shrubs that provide color in the winter, such as holly with its shiny dark red leaves and beadlike red berries.
Make A Divider
In addition to their beauty, shrubs can make a great divider for the landscape. They can be placed at eye level to separate one garden bed from another or used to frame a specific plant in the yard. Using shrubs to create borders and dividers is a great way to control the shape of your yard without having to weed or mow as much. This is a very popular use for them because it’s so easy and looks so good.
Planting with a variety of textures helps to create a more visually interesting landscape. And shrubs can be use to add texture to your landscape design. The texture of a shrub is determined by the shape, color, and size of its foliage. Shrubs not only add texture but can also soften the look of hard edges. For example, you can add shrubs around foundations, ponds, patios or decks. It will make your garden landscape more attractive.