If your garden is looking a little drab and boring, there is a fast way to brighten it up. Ornamental shrubs are easy to plant and take care of, which makes them an ideal choice for any homeowner.
There are literally hundreds of varieties available. So, to help you to narrow down your options we have put together details of a few of our favorites.
One of the best choices is Laurels. They are hardy and grow in most soil conditions and cope reasonably well with all kinds of climates. They tend to prefer sunny conditions, but many people grow them successfully in colder climates. They simply keep them in pots, which they can put in a greenhouse when the weather gets too cold. These Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs from The Tree Center are able to cope with temperatures as low as -10 without needing any special attention.
Laurels come in all shapes and sizes. They grow to between 12 and 40 feet, so they are ideal for hedging. But, a lot of people trim them into beautiful shapes to create stunning flowering sculptures for their gardens.
If you like to eat food that you grow, fruit bushes or shrubs are ideal. They do not grow anywhere as big as other types of shrub. However, they are still pretty plants that will look good in virtually any type of garden.
Over the past few years, new varieties have been developed including wonderful no thorn blackberries. They produce lovely blossom that turns into tasty fruit. Some varieties can reach 6ft. So, these versatile plants can also be used to create a green screen in front of a fence.
Some varieties of shrub shed their leaves, each year. A lot of them are really beautiful, so a lot of gardeners do not mind planting them. However, not everyone likes the sight of what looks like a bunch of dead twigs in their garden. If you fall into that category, you will want to opt for evergreen shrubs instead.
There are two main types – needled and broadleaf. They both look nice, but which you can use depends largely on the climate in your garden.
A lot of people like varieties like Stewartstonian azalea, which gives you two beautiful different displays, at various times of the year. In the spring, you can enjoy the lovely flowers and in the fall the leaves change color too, providing with a new look to enjoy.
If you do not mind plants that shed their leaves there are some truly stunning varieties available. The nice thing about these is that the leaves go through a range of colors, which makes them an interesting addition to any garden. Varieties like White ash, Red maple, and Autumn Blaze maple are particularly beautiful.
Where to find out about more varieties
If you want to find out more, this article is a great starting point. It covers 15 different varieties of shrub and includes in-depth information about where they can be used.