Garden Shrubs – Why Include Them in Your Garden?
Garden shrubs are a common addition to many gardens. They are a versatile type of plant in that they tend to fill up the middle-sized category that can often be hard to fill. Whereas most flowers are small and most trees are very large, garden shrubs fall nicely into the middle. They can provide a nice centerpiece to a circular garden, or line a fence to make flowers planted in front of them stand out more.
A great thing about garden shrubs is their hardiness. They tend to be far sturdier when compared to smaller plant varieties, and can withstand more damage and extreme temperatures. The size can be convenient if you have restrictions (for example, no tree rules in a condo corporation), as it allows you to plant something that is sufficiently large as to be a counterpart for your flowers without breaking rules or dominating confined space.
Garden shrubs come in all varieties, with deciduous and evergreen (conifers) being the most common, along with ornamental flowering varieties. Many garden shrubs produce small berries that local birds and mammals love to eat. Although these berries are usually mildly toxic to humans, their presence can help to encourage a more diverse ecosystem within your yard.
Spiders and some insects enjoy nesting in garden shrubs, and many small rodents like to dig their burrows underneath the overhanging branches for safety and concealment. The shade can also benefit low-light flowers, and the bulk of a shrubbery can act as an effective wind break for more sensitive and vulnerable plants.
Garden Shrubs – Technical Information
Garden shrubs differ from trees in several ways. The primary distinct feature is the size. Most shrubs do not exceed fifteen to twenty feet in height, with far less being most common in gardens. The presence of multiple stems also differentiates a shrub from a tree, which instead consists of a primary trunk and many large branches.
In the wild, a space that is dominated by these types of plants is known as shrub land. Shrub lands form in several different biomes, and may be either permanent habitats that remain stable over time, or a transitional one that can be caused when another habitat type is disturbed by natural or human causes, like fire or logging. Shrub lands are a common place to find many species of rodent and bird.
Garden shrubs arranged in a yard or park are known as a shrubbery. A shrubbery consists of a series of shrubs, almost always lining a curving path down which one can walk. These were popular in Victorian times, with many homes featuring a shrubbery for the residents to enjoy.
Garden Shrubs – Common Species
The following are popular garden shrubs worth considering for planting at home:
· Hydrangeas – Hydrangeas come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Hydrangeas usually have large leaves and so are coarse-textured. Their flowers are the most striking feature, appearing anywhere from late spring to early summer and often lasting several weeks. Flowers of certain hydrangeas may be pink or blue depending on the pH of the soil.
· Laceleaf Sumac – Laceleaf staghorn sumacs are deciduous garden shrubs which produce fern-like foliage that turns an intense scarlet color in the fall. These are not to be confused with poison sumac, a wild variety.
· Juniper – A juniper bush is a sun-loving plant and has foliage that tends to be slightly prickly. It comes in a variety of forms, sizes and colors. It’s a low-maintenance evergreen that is easy to shear into any shape, making it popular for topiary (shrub and hedge sculpting).
· Azaleas – Azaleas are members of the rhododendron family, notable for their small size in comparison to the other varieties. Azaleas grow best in well-drained soil or in plant pots in a cool, shady position. Their attractive flowers come in many varieties, and are a great addition to any garden.
Garden Shrubs – Where to Learn More
The garden center is the place to buy garden shrubs, which you can transport home and plant immediately without a large amount of special preparation. Pay attention to any instructions written on a tag or paper accompanying the plant to make sure that any special requirements that do exist are met.
Your local florist is also a good source of information. They should be able to provide recommendations for your garden. You can also rely on them to provide bouquets and other floral arrangements for use in decorating the interior of your home. This can be useful in that it allows you to forego damaging your garden by harvesting flowers.
Visit their online shop and take advantage of delivery for holidays and special occasions. The internet is also a great source of information about various species of garden shrubs, and includes growing tips for gardeners such as yourself.
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