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Shrubs in Gardening
Shrubs Flower Flowers alone aren`t enough to make a great garden. Small trees and shrubs, especially the ones that flower, such as crabapples, lilacs and hydrangeas, are the backbone of your landscape, as are trees. Woody plants can fill your landscape with added height, color and texture all year long. The best small trees and shrubs have flowers in spring or summer and attractive leaves. Then comes the autumn, when they produce berries or color up in reds, yellow or golds, or both. For winter, woody plants are perfect for adding shape and texture to an otherwise bare yard.

Shrubs offer a wide variety of colour, shape, size and adaptability. A shrub, like a tree, may be grown as a focus of attention in a lawn or rockery, surrounded by a mass of annuals, or in a herbaceous border. Azalea, Buddleia, Camelia, Gardenia, Hydrangea are some. Shrubs may be grown collectively in a corner called the shrubbery or the shrub border. A carpet annual like Tagetes signata pumila or Mesembryanthemum grown as a border of the shrubbery lends it a mass appeal; lilies and other bulbous plants can also be grown intermixed with the shrubs. An evergreen low creeping plant like pilea mucosa under a shrub breaks its aloofness. Some shrubs make attractive standards, like Achania, Bougainvillea, Byra and Hibiscus. Shrubs like azaleas and rhododendrons can be grown in a mass for grand effect. The shrubs may be evergreen or deciduous. They may be foliage shrubs with very attractive leaves.

The trend is not to segregate flowers in their own garden beds, but to plant what`s called a "mixed border" in which small flowering trees and shrubs join the flowers to flow into a pleasing arrangement that looks good all season long. This style is practical for today`s smaller properties, which don`t have enough space for separate beds of shrubs and flowers yet another reason not to stint on the width of your beds.

Trees and shrubs are a low maintenance way to add color and textures to your garden all season long. If you choose carefully, they can be among your easiest-care plants. A garden populated with one of this and one of that tends to look jumbled and in need of some- thing to pull it all together. Garden designers recommend planting all except some of the largest stand-alone or specimen plants in odd-numbered groups of three or five. Depending on the space you have available, this is also a good idea with shrubs. Make sure the moisture, soil and sunlight requirements of your chosen tree or shrub match the conditions in your yard. For example, woody plants that grow best in moist situations will do poorly in dry soil areas if they never get watered.

Consider the mature size and shape of the small trees and shrubs you want to plant. If there`s a major mistake people make in their gardens, it`s that they seem to forget that plants grow! And then they spend all sorts of time pruning (generally that means hacking and mutilating) their trees and shrubs to make them smaller. To make your gardening easier and more pleasurable in the long run, take some time to research the right-sized trees and shrubs before you plant.
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