Shrubs

Rhododendron spp and hybrids   Other Name flowering azalea   Sun Requirements part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early spring in colors such as pink, salmon, yellow, white, rose and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 8 feet x 4 to 8 feet   Added Benefits Attracts beneficials, fall color, deer resistant   Azaleas are in the rhododendron family and usually distinguished from other rhododendrons by their smaller plant size. There are deciduous and evergreen azaleas. Evergreen azaleas are not as hardy as […]

Learn all about selecting the hardiest dogwood trees and shrubs for the North. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript   How to Grow: Shrub Dogwoods Cornus spp   Other Name shrub dogwoods   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white or yellow flowers with colorful summer berries and attractive fall foliage and bark color   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 10 feet x 3 to 6 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, fall color, deer resistant   Shrub dogwoods […]

Island plantings are becoming more popular in yards as homeowners try to reduce the amount of lawn to mow, create a more visually interesting yard and foster more habitat for wildlife and birds. Island beds are designed for viewing from all sides and usually are surrounded by lawn. Sometimes these island plantings consist of native trees and shrubs that were left over from the house construction. They might also surround a large boulder or ledge that had to be left when the house was being built. If these trees and […]

One of the popular ways to have color all season in your foodscape yard is to grow plants that flower in each season. This common concept is used to make cottage flower gardens look so great from spring to fall. You can use it in the foodscape, too. You don’t have to exclusively use just foodscape plants, but they can help provide color, especially ones that will continue to bloom all summer. These might include eggplant, citrus and roses. Some foodscape plants, such as daylilies and bee balm, may flower […]

Hedgerows are great ways to block an unsightly view, define a boundary or create rooms in your yard. They are more cost effective than building wooden fences and stonewalls, but unlike those structures, do require more maintenance. Hedgerows traditionally consist of a variety of plants. These provide habitat for birds, animals, and insects. These types of hedgerows have a wilder look and are considered more of an informal hedge than a formal clipped planting. In a modern landscape, often hedgerows are constructed of one plant such as privet, photinia, hemlock, […]

Learn about elderberries, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Elderberries Sambucus spp and hybrids   Other Name Elder     Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white or pink flowers. It also has attractive red or black berries     Mature Height x Spread 5 to 12 feet x 5 to 10 feet     Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials   Elderberries are common shrubs often found growing wild in meadows, abandoned fields […]

Learn about flowering shrubs, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: While mid summer is a beautiful time in the flower garden, it’s a quiet time in the flowering shrub border. Other than the hydrangeas that are loving this wet summer we’ve had, there aren’t a lot of choices for flowering shrubs in July and August. While I love hydrangeas, I like different flowering shrubs as well. Here are three choices: Clethra or summer sweet grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide in full or part […]

Learn how to force flowering branches into bloom indoors weeks before they bloom outdoors. Listen to podcast: I love garden chores that, as they say, kill two birds with one stone. This chore will cheer up your home in winter and get your trees and shrubs in shape for spring. It’s called forcing flowering branches. When you prune crowded, broken or damaged branches in winter, many of the tree and shrub stems you’ll be cutting are perfect for forcing indoors. Their branches are loaded with flower buds and all they […]

Forsythia x intermedia   Other Name border forsythia   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with yellow blossoms   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 10 feet x 6 to 10 feet   Added Benefits drought tolerant   One of the most noteworthy flowering shrubs in spring, forsythia is a widely grown plant throughout our region. The brilliant yellow blooms appear before the leaves emerge creating a yellow snowstorm of color. It is certainly an amazing site, but unfortunately, it may bloom sporadically […]

Learn how to grow fothergilla shrubs and about some good varieties to try. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript Fothergilla spp   Other Name Large fothergilla   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white flowers and attractive yellow fall foliage color   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 8 feet x 2 to 6 feet   Added Benefits fall color, attracts beneficials, native   Fothergilla is an attractive, spring flowering shrub that grows to a low to medium size, depending on […]

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