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Shrubs and bushes are definitely irresistible when it comes to creating a perfect landscape for your garden. However, the variety of colors, blooms, and leaves poses a certain challenge for making a quick choice. Oftentimes, upon seeing a Pinterest picture of cozy gardens, it is hard to imagine what best shrubs to plant in front of your house. In this article, you will find some answers to common questions about shrubs for landscaping.
There is no generally agreed difference, but supposedly, you can distinguish between them based on the foliage. If it is a bush, its stems and leaves are closer to the ground and may intertwine with other bushes or wild grasses. A shrub is taller and thicker in its foliage and can be pruned and shaped, while a bush grows naturally.
Landscaping trees and shrubs need to develop their root systems until spring. That is why the best time to plant them is late fall. This way, the plants will be established and ready to grow at the beginning of their growing season.
Evergreen shrubs and bushes that retain their foliage over winter include boxwood, juniper, yew, arborvitae, spruce, boxwood, camelia, distylium, inkberry holly, azalea, and rhododendron. All of these varieties will revive even the dreariest winter landscape.
One of the best landscaping shrubs and bushes is boxwood. Firstly, it’s completely low-maintenance, and your care for it won’t turn into a chore. Secondly, it is not deciduous and keeps its foliage on over winter, making your front yard lush with greenery. Last but not least, it is quite bushy, and you can plant just a few shrubs but still embellish the front of the house.
When choosing the most beautiful landscaping shrubs for your house, your head may go round with all the things that you should consider. Apart from the shrub itself being low-maintenance, you should keep the following aspects in mind:
How much sun does your front yard get? Is it direct or indirect light? Is there some afternoon shade?
What is your USDA growing zone? It is better to check the best climate when you are choosing some shrub landscaping ideas.
I_s there enough space for vast root systems?_ If your house is too close to the sidewalk, driveway, or septic system, shrubs won’t take it well.
Would you prefer blooming, sweet-scented, or fast-growing shrubs that block out some views? Depending on these criteria, the landscaping shrubs will certainly differ.
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