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Shrubs

Shrubs: A Field Guide

“Shrubs, especially evergreens, are a great defense in many ways,” the English gardening writer Christopher Lloyd said. 

The difference between a shrub and a tree? In addition to being smaller (most shrubs don’t grow taller than 15 feet), a shrub is a bush; it typically has several woody branches growing from a crown rather than a single trunk.

When designing a garden, rely on shrubs to create visual definition. Shrubs can frame a garden bed or be the “walls” of an outdoor room. Placed on the perimeter of a property, shrubs provide privacy; a hedge is a friendlier alternative to a fence. Planted against a house, shrubs will hide a foundation and add texture and color to complement a facade. Single specimens in a garden bed will draw the eye; evergreen shrubs are particularly useful as year-round focal points.

Gardening 101: Field Guides for Shrubs

Acacia
Arborvitae
Azalea
Bayberry
Beautyberry
Blueberries
Boxwood
Butterfly Bush
Camellia
Cherry Laurel
Chinese Fringe Flower
Daphne
Flowering Quince
Forsythia
Fothergilla
Fuchsia
Gardenia
Grevillea
Hornbeam Tree
Hydrangea
Lilac
Mahonia
Mexican Orange Blossom
Mistletoe
Myrtle
Oleander
Paperbush
Pelargonium
Pincushion Protea
Pittosporum
Poinsettia
Privet
Red Twig Dogwood
Rhododendrons
Rosa Rugosa
Rose
Rosemary
Silk Tassel Bush
Smoke Bush
Sumac
Sweet Box
Tree Heather
Viburnum
Witch Hazel
Yew

Inspiration & Design Ideas: Shrubs

Inspiration & Design Ideas: Shrubs

Favorite Shrubs to Plant

How to ID a Shrub

How to Identify a Shrub