Review of the best varieties of ornamental shrubs for arranging a garden

Review of the best varieties of ornamental shrubs for arranging a garden

It is difficult to imagine a modern garden without such elements of landscaping as ornamental shrubs, which bring bright touches to the variegated palette of shades of plant compositions. Ornamental shrubs for the garden act as spectacular tapeworms that decorate open areas, hedges along paths, or serve as a backdrop for colorful flower arrangements. Their presence transforms the appearance of any garden and makes it more elegant and festive.

How to choose the right shrub?

In order for a beautiful shrub to organically fit into an already existing landscape, a number of basic criteria should be taken into account when choosing a plant.

Criterion # 1 - decorative culture

Attractiveness is one of the key criteria for choosing a plant. Today, on the horticultural market, you can find more than one hundred of the most diverse types of shrubs with an unusual shape and color of foliage, and elegant flowers of juicy shades, exuding a wonderful aroma. If this is a flowering shrub, then it is desirable that it pleases with continuous flowering throughout the season. Also interesting are decorative leafy varieties that change color over time.

When planning the decoration of a suburban area with plants, any owner wants to create a picturesque ensemble, all elements in which harmoniously complement each other

Criterion # 2 - plant height

When choosing shrubs, the compositional structure of the garden should be taken into account. On a plot with a small area, it is better to plant the most compact varieties with a dense, non-spreading crown (for example: columnar junipers). When planning to plant a shrub as a free-growing hedge, you can opt for crops that are prone to rapid growth. Particular attention should be paid to the shape of the crown so that it looks attractive not only in summer with a cap of foliage, but also in winter.

Criterion # 3 - cultivation features

When choosing a plant, one should take into account the peculiarities of the climatic zone in which it grows. Some varieties feel comfortable in semi-shaded areas of the garden, while others are capable of being decorative only in well-lit areas. It is better for novice gardeners to give preference to varieties that do not require special care and conditions for breeding.

Spectacular flowering shrubs

Although the rose belongs to the number of capricious plants, to maintain the decorativeness of which it takes a lot of effort, park varieties of culture can allow even novice gardeners to plant on their site.

The indisputable favorite among the flowering ornamental shrubs for the garden is the rose. Park rose varieties are easy to care for and excellent winter hardiness

The only drawback of park varieties is that they bloom only once a season, but during the flowering period they look just amazing and at the same time exude a delicate enchanting aroma. The most decorative varieties are distinguished: Ritausma with double pale pink flowers, Shevchenko's rose with dark red flowers, Hansa with large red-pink flowers.

Jasmine, loved by many gardeners, today adorns many suburban areas. The jasmine bloom is irresistible: the snow-white flowers blooming on the branches at the beginning of summer create the feeling that there has been a snowfall in the garden. In landscape design, jasmine is used to create flowering alleys and hedges. The shrub is shade-tolerant, but blooms more abundantly in the sun. Read more about varieties, planting and care in the article.

An elegant shrub, dotted with thousands of cream-colored flowers, spreading a pleasant aroma throughout the entire district, decorates the front entrances and recreation areas in summer cottages

Jasmins with an architectural crown shape are especially spectacular (Virginal with a dense vertical crown and Pyramidal with a clear wide-pyramidal crown).

For the creation of hedges, a medium-sized vesicle shrub, whose height reaches 1.5-2 meters, is perfect. Bubble plant is distinguished by unusual foliage of green and red-burgundy shades, adorning branches with exfoliating brown-red bark, and elegant inflorescences. It lends itself well to haircuts and is able to maintain decorativeness throughout the season.

An unusually effective winter-hardy bladderwort shrub forms nice openwork hemispheres of pale pink and white inflorescences

The fruits of the bladder look very interesting, which are original leathery leaflets of a slightly swollen shape, which, as they ripen, change their color from green, and later yellow to deep red. Among the decorative varieties, the most widespread are: Diabolo - a branchy handsome man with dark burgundy foliage, Summer Vine - compact with red foliage and white-pink inflorescences, Copertina - with orange foliage, turning into a red palette closer to summer.

Lushly blooming rhododendrons, adorned with a scattering of miniature flowers in summer, in the place of which bright berries later appear, are excellent candidates for a place in the garden

Medium-sized rhododendron shrubs often act as group plantings against the backdrop of an emerald lawn or coniferous plantations. The varieties are especially decorative: Alfred - evergreen with a pyramidal crown dotted with purple-red flowers, Blue Peter with a spreading crown decorated with lavender-blue flowers and Violetta with flowers of dark purple shades.

Derain is also very popular among gardeners. The tall, three-meter shrub is formed from flexible, upright coral-red branches, the shoots of which are often covered with a bluish bloom. From May to September, the grass is decorated with inflorescences in the form of umbrellas and panicles, collected from miniature white flowers. The shrub also retains its decorative effect in the autumn period, when its foliage is painted in bronze-crimson shades. The shrub is unusually effective in the winter months: the bare dark cherry shoots act as a bright contrast against the background of white snow and evergreen conifers.

The plant is decorated with miniature wrinkled ovoid leaves, painted green in summer, but closer to acquiring violet-red shades

Derain looks equally beautiful both in single copies and in group plantings. It perfectly tolerates haircuts and quickly produces multiple shoots. Among the ornamental varieties of plants, the most interesting are: Gold Star - leaves with a yellow pattern, Rubra with a bright autumn color of leaves, Cherokee Princess with a slender crown.

Attractive foliage plants

Ornamental deciduous shrubs are a real find for the garden: they are good from spring to late autumn. Such shrubs are interesting, first of all, with the original form of foliage, painted in bright unusual shades.

Evergreen barberry has beautiful foliage of unusual purple and burgundy shades, effectively combined with coral-colored berries

Picky to care for, the shrub looks great in hedges and single plantings. The barberry is famous for its autumn dress, when fiery red, purple and ruby ​​colors blaze on the branches. In gardening, the most common varieties of barberry Siebold, Juliana and Thunberg.

Known to many gardeners for its delicious nuts, the tree-like plant hazel is also widely used for landscaping.

Against the background of lush greenery, the forms of common hazel look spectacular: golden-bordered, dark purple and white-motley. Tall shrubs tolerate little shade, but prefer well-lit areas.

If we consider evergreen varieties of shrubs, then boxwood and holly are famous for the greatest decorativeness. The graceful lines and clear contours of the boxwood make the garden look austere and elegant at the same time.

A bright decoration of the site can be holly mahonia, decorated with dark green leaves with prickly-toothed edges.

In the winter months, the green foliage of Mahonia is painted in burgundy and bronze colors, acting as a bright accent against the background of a snow-white carpet.

When creating a picturesque landscape, it is important to correctly combine the plants. And then the flowering shrubs will delight with bright colors in the warm season, and evergreen and decorative leafy shrubs will saturate the garden with cheerful shades in the winter months.

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Flowering and evergreen ornamental shrubs for gardens and cottages

09/25/2019 Katerina Volkova

The personal plot is a real field of activity for imagination. You can apply it to everything - decorate the house with fashionable decor, make street lighting and, of course, decorate the territory with living decorations. How to choose beautiful ornamental shrubs for the garden: species names with photos and detailed descriptions.

  1. How to choose a shrub
    1. Soil type
    2. Illumination degree
    3. Plot size
  2. Ornamental deciduous shrubs
    1. Barberry
    2. Hazel
    3. Japanese maple
    4. Magonia
  3. Hedge shrubs
    1. Boxwood
    2. Dogwood
    3. Thorn
    4. Hawthorn
  4. Evergreen shrubs
    1. Honeysuckle
    2. Juniper
    3. Thuja
  5. Beautifully flowering shrubs
    1. Lilac
    2. Hydrangea
    3. Jasmine
  6. How beautiful to plant ornamental shrubs

Ornamental shrubs for the garden

Ornamental shrubs for the garden are very diverse in appearance. Some of them are valued for their beautiful and sometimes fragrant flowers, others for their beautiful foliage. There are some that are unremarkable, but they can endure a strong haircut and therefore are suitable for a hedge.

In this article, I will tell you about the most popular varieties that can be grown in the middle lane. Many of them have proven themselves well in colder regions: in Siberia and the Urals.

Shrubs decorative flowering frost-resistant

Ornamental flowering shrubs are distinguished by their lush flowering. Most of them do not bloom for long, but there are some that delight the eye for most of the summer season, including autumn.

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Before choosing a plant for your site, pay attention to its dimensions: some species are quite large. In addition, many of them lose all their beauty after flowering, so you need to carefully consider the selection of a place for their planting.

Shrub cinquefoil

Shrub cinquefoil is a long-flowering plant. It blooms in early summer and blooms until late autumn. Small flowers may seem unremarkable at first glance, but they are not: in bulk, they look great.

Even without flowers, the cinquefoil is beautiful, thanks to the small leaves that give the bush an openwork. There are many varieties of Potentilla shrub, which differ in the color of the flowers and the size of the bush. Flowers are white, yellow, orange, pink and red.

Cinquefoil is absolutely unpretentious. It grows on any soil, does not require special pruning and shelter for the winter, pests do not like it. If you are a beginner gardener and still do not know how to care for capricious plants, I wholeheartedly recommend Potentilla - it will not disappoint you for sure.


The best hydrangeas for a garden located in the middle lane, in my opinion, are treelike and paniculate. Now they are at the peak of fashion, breeders are creating new varieties that differ in size, shape and shade of inflorescences.

These species are undemanding to care, rarely get sick, are almost not affected by pests and do without shelter in winter, which cannot be said about large-leaved hydrangea (garden). Although many successfully grow it, especially since varieties have appeared on sale that bloom after pruning frozen shoots. All hydrangeas bloom for a long time: from July to autumn.

Treelike and panicle hydrangeas grow well in the light and in partial shade; for large-leaved hydrangea, partial shade is needed. They love the fertile sour soil, in the summer they need watering in the heat. I wrote about the types of hydrangeas and their care in this article.

Weigela blooming

Weigela is a flowering shrub, has varieties with different colors of flowers and leaves. It prefers to grow on fertile, well-moistened soils in a sunny place, reaches a height of 2-2.5 m, dwarf varieties grow up to 1.5 m.

I must say that new varieties of weigela may require shelter. Weigela “Aureovariegata” has been growing in my garden for many years. This variety is quite common and is not a novelty. It hibernates without shelter, but the upper part of the shoots always freezes over, which does not affect its beauty in any way. After spring cutting, the shoots grow back, and as a result I get a short (about 1 m) and lush bush with beautiful variegated foliage.


Chubushnik, popularly called jasmine for the wonderful aroma of flowers, is a popular plant. On sale you can find varieties with double and simple flowers, tall and dwarf. There is a dwarf form with yellow leaves.

Chubushnik is absolutely undemanding to care. Of the pests, black aphids often settle on it, which loves young shoots. Very beautiful during flowering, but after it is unremarkable.


Rhododendrons are not easy to care for, but deciduous species are not as moody as evergreens. About rhododendrons, I have an article where I talk in detail about care, planting and how to choose the right frost-resistant variety for the middle lane.

These plants need a special substrate; they cannot be simply planted in garden soil. In the summer, watering is required, since the root is superficial. But the plants are very attractive, and with proper care they decorate the garden after flowering, thanks to the beautiful foliage and the neat shape of the bush.


Broom is a charming ornamental shrub, reaching 1-1.5 m in height. It blooms very profusely in early summer with yellow flowers. Particularly undemanding to the soil, but does not like limestone and saline soils.


Daphne (daphne) is a low shrub. Not very common, as it is very poisonous. It blooms profusely and beautifully in spring. Looks good on rocky slides. I can recommend planting, but only if there are no children and animals freely walking around the site.


Ornamental quince is a low shrub with thorny branches and small shiny leaves. It blooms with red-orange flowers in spring. Its bright green leaves are beautiful all season long. In autumn, fruits appear that look like small yellow apples. The fruits are edible and healthy, but can only be used after processing, as they are sour.


Everyone knows and loves the beautiful lilac. Now on sale you can find very beautiful varieties, including the old selection. Lilac is unpretentious, blooms well in sunny places. Since this is a tall shrub, reaching 3-4 m in height, I can recommend it for planting if you have a large area.

From lilacs, you can form a small tree, which will take up much less space than a bush. And if you plant several varieties on it, then you get a whole lilac bouquet!


Perovskia in the middle lane is not so common, although it deserves attention. I can't call her capricious, but she still requires some care during the winter. For the winter, I bend its branches, mulch the trunk circle and cover it with lutrasil. The last two years, the winter has been warm, and the Perovskiy has done without shelter. But mulch in the middle lane is a must.

Perovskii has been living in my garden for many years. She survived the most frosty winters under light cover, but she does not tolerate rainy periods very well. Prefers light soils, tolerates drought calmly. I cut it in half the bush in the spring. It reaches a height of 1-1.20 cm. It is not affected by pests and diseases. Looks very nice in a joint planting with roses and lavender.


Almonds are not an ornamental shrub for everyone. It is very beautiful during flowering, but after it it looks unremarkable. You can buy a standard tree or bush.

Almonds do not bloom for long in spring, so it makes sense to acquire such a plant if you have a large area. It is irreplaceable only in the "Japanese gardens" of the middle lane, where it imitates sakura, which is freezing out in our country.


Magonia is worthy of all praise, as it is beautiful with evergreen foliage and flowers. Blooms in the month of May for quite a long time. The flowers are bright, yellow, collected in large brushes.

Magonia is unpretentious, but it can burn in winter if planted in a sunny place. I wrote an article about caring for her. I recommend buying, Mahonia deserves a place in any garden.

Ornamental shrubs for summer cottages with beautiful foliage

Ornamental shrubs for the garden, the photos with the names of which I gave you above, are notable for their abundant flowering. But no matter how attractive the flowering specimens are, it is impossible to do without decorative-leaved species in the garden.

It seems to me that they are even more beautiful than their flowering cousins. Their vibrant foliage attracts attention throughout the season. On sale there are both tall bushes and low curbs. I'll tell you about the most attractive, in my opinion, species, many of which grow in my garden.


Barberry is an ornamental shrub that can fit into any garden. This is my all-time favorite. The barberry has only one drawback - it is very prickly. When trimming, you must wear special gloves, otherwise you can get hurt. In no case should you leave cut twigs on the ground, because during weeding you can get severely pricked, because in summer they are practically invisible on the ground.

And now - about the good. There are a great variety of barberries: small and tall, with yellow, red, orange, green and variegated foliage. A bonus to the beautiful foliage is the abundant bloom in spring with small yellow flowers that attract bees.

Barberries can be spreading or grow almost vertically upwards. Even if you have a very small garden, you will find a suitable barberry for yourself.

You can pick up a barberry for a mixborder, rocky slide, small flower bed or flower garden. They are appropriate everywhere. If you want to make a monochrome flower bed of yellow or pink color, then you will definitely find a barberry of a suitable size and shade.

Barberry is an absolutely unpretentious plant, frost-resistant and does not require any dancing with a tambourine. True, in recent years it has been attacked by caterpillars in the period from June 10-15. At this time, you need to inspect the bushes every day, since the caterpillars can eat the bush instantly. Before you have time to look back, there are already bare branches. Treatment with any means from gnawing pests helps. Sometimes you have to process 2 times, so many caterpillars sit on the bush.


Dogwood is a beautiful tall shrub with variegated leaves. It is undemanding in leaving, it is very decorative all season.

I do not recommend planting dogwood in small areas, as it likes to root with lower shoots and grows very wide. Some species decorate the site in winter, because they have beautiful red shoots.


Weigela with colorful foliage not only blooms beautifully, but also decorates the garden before and after flowering. As I already wrote, new varieties may require shelter in winter, since it is not known how hardy they are. And winters in the middle lane are unpredictable - frost can hit the bare ground. I recommend planting for planting, the plants are very attractive.

Bubble-leaf Vine-leaved

The gallbladder is an unpretentious tall shrub. There are varieties with purple and yellow leaves on sale. There are also undersized forms, very beautiful and compact.

It blooms with white flowers, collected in shields. The varieties with dark purple leaves look especially beautiful during flowering. If a tall bush is not cut, it reaches 3-4 m in height. With a constant spring haircut - up to 2 m. You can cut it twice a season: in spring and summer, then the bush will be more compact.


Elderberry is a tall shrub, has several species and varieties with beautiful dissected foliage of different colors. For many years in my garden, black elderberry of two types has been growing: just green and with yellow leaves. Unpretentious bushes, high (up to 4 m). I recommend boarding if there is room.


Purple hazel is a tall bush or tree up to 4-5 m high with beautiful purple foliage. In the spring, his earrings on the branches attract attention, then beautiful leaves bloom. In autumn it gives me a small harvest of nuts. Small - because there was no other pollinator in my garden, and I got this hazel more for beauty. But the pollinator is already growing up, so I hope to get nuts soon.

The shrub is unpretentious, but in a dry summer it requires abundant watering, otherwise the foliage fades and loses its decorative effect. I can recommend landing if there is enough space.

Fortune's eonymus

Fortune's eonymus is one of my garden centenarians. An incomparable plant with variegated leathery leaves. I used to shelter him for the winter, now I do without this procedure. But the near-trunk circle is well mulched with lutrasil and covered with stones on top.

If the euonymus is cut, it will be short, if not cut, it will be slightly higher, but it will grow very wide. The shrub is very beautiful, it is not affected by pests and I have not been sick with anything yet. I recommend planting, but it is advisable to purchase zoned varieties from Russian nurseries. In the early years, it is advisable to cover and be sure to mulch.


Tamarisk is an infrequent guest on our sites. The plant is not to say that it is very whimsical, but in the conditions of the middle lane it freezes heavily. After pruning the dead shoots, it grows well, but does not bloom too abundantly, so I placed it in the group of decorative deciduous.

The tamarisk has an absolutely wonderful openwork foliage. The bush looks very nice and without flowers. When planting, it should be borne in mind that the tamarisk has long roots, and it does not tolerate transplantation very well, so it is better to immediately plant it in a permanent place.

Tamarisk can grow in partial shade, but it is better to choose a sunny area for it. After trimming, my specimen grows up to 1.5 m over the summer. If you do not cut it too much, it will be higher. In general, tamarisk is unpretentious, so I can recommend it for purchase.


Skumpia tanning is a tall bush or tree, can reach 4-5 m in height. It can be attributed to both flowering and deciduous shrubs. It's all about pruning: if you prune it in the spring, you will get a compact bush without flowers, if you don't prune it, there will be beautiful openwork inflorescences and a tall bush.

The scumpia has forms with yellow and purple foliage, which are not as winter-hardy as green-leaved ones. They have to be cut in the spring because they freeze over a lot. On such plants, you can not wait for flowering, so you should take this into account when buying.

In the early years, young plants will have to be covered and the trunks must be mulched. It is better to buy seedlings in spring, so that their root system grows well over the summer, which will have a positive effect on the first wintering.

Goof silver

Silvery oak is one of the few ornamental tree species with silvery leaves. If you have a large plot, and there is not enough "silver" in it, plant a goof. It is unpretentious and frost-hardy, but does not like acidic and too heavy soils.

This plant is tall, it can give a lot of growth. Therefore, it is not suitable for small areas and takes time to remove excess growth.

Unpretentious ornamental shrubs for the garden

Ornamental shrubs for the garden are perennial plants that do not require special care. Among the species that I described above, many are easy to grow, but there is a group whose representatives are particularly unpretentious and can grow by themselves without human intervention.


If you need ornamental shrubs for easy maintenance, plant a spirea, or even better, several types. There are many spireas. Some of them bloom in spring, others in summer. They differ in shape and size, color and type of foliage and inflorescences, but they are united by one quality - absolute unpretentiousness.

There are so many spirales that only one of them can create an amazing mixborder that will be beautiful at any time of the year. If it is mulched, then it will practically not need care.

The only thing that needs to be done is to cut off the spireas: spring-flowering - in summer after flowering, summer-flowering - in early spring. They can do without a haircut, but then the bushes will not be so beautiful.

Cotoneaster brilliant

The brilliant cotoneaster does not look particularly remarkable, but it is indispensable for the construction of hedges, both sheared and free growing.


The snowberry in the spring and summer does not attract attention, but by the fall the whole bush is covered with white berries, which gives it a special decorative effect. The plant is unpretentious, can be used for hedges and for planting in a mixborder.

Low-growing ornamental shrubs

Low-growing ornamental shrubs are indispensable for creating borders. Unlike herbaceous perennials and annuals, which die off for the winter, they, in combination with dwarf conifers, decorate the site in late autumn, winter and early spring.

Japanese spirea

The undersized Japanese spirea has many varieties, including those with bright yellow leaves. After cutting, it takes on a beautiful spherical shape. It blooms in summer with pink flowers collected in shields. After flowering, it is advisable to trim it again, it will give young shoots that will be beautiful until late autumn.


Boxwood is not considered a particularly winter-hardy plant, but it has been growing in my garden for about 20 years. The first years I covered the boxwood, but now the winters are not so harsh, so it hibernates without shelter. Although I advise you to wrap the bushes with sacking, because the bright winter sun burns them. Mulching the trunks is a must.

Boxwood needs to be trimmed in the spring and summer to get its shape. It does not require special “dances with a tambourine”, after a haircut it grows well. The only thing I want to advise is to buy not southern plants, but zoned ones, from local nurseries, or cover them for the winter. I bought the seedlings from a local gardener, so they turned out to be so resistant and survived the coldest winters.


There is a group of undersized rhododendrons that can be planted in the foreground of a mixborder. As a rule, they are not too picky, do not need a haircut, but the soil will have to be prepared sour, as for other types of rhododendrons.


Heathers are very beautiful during flowering, but they are rarely used in our gardens. They need acidic soil with a pH of 3.5-5.5, so they will have to prepare the soil separately, as for rhododendrons. The place for planting heather needs to be allocated sunny, in the shade the plants develop poorly.

It is advisable to plant in a group, since one small bush will get lost among the larger neighbors. By the way, heathers are now often sold in chain stores like “Magnet”. The price there is much more attractive than in regular flower shops, so you can save on buying a few bushes.

Horizontal cotoneaster

Horizontal cotoneaster - decorative type with small dark green leathery leaves. Unpretentious and, as time has shown, quite winter-hardy. If not cut, it quickly grows in width. Its height is small - only 40-60 cm.

This type of cotoneaster can be used for planting in the foreground of a mixborder, in rocky and gravel gardens and in composition with conifers, especially with colored needles.

The horizontal cotoneaster is an ornamental shrub with red berries that appear in the fall. Variegated forms are now on sale. I advise you to cover the bush in the first years after planting and be sure to mulch.

Shade-tolerant shrubs

  • Deutzia is compact in size and begins to bloom in early spring. The pink and white flowers are pleasing to the eye, and the branches can be trimmed to shape.
  • Wisteria belongs to tall plants, because its height can reach 18 meters. Small lilac flowers have a very pleasant aroma. Flowering takes place throughout the summer.
  • Weigela is a low-growing shrub, barely reaching a meter in height. Flowers of a bright pink hue begin to appear from mid-spring and can linger until the first frost.

These shrubs are also considered winter-hardy, but it is still recommended to insulate them with spruce branches. If the main purpose of planting is to decorate hedges, then fast-growing shrubs will come to the rescue.

Shade-loving shrubs for the garden

They are often used to create a smooth transition from the grass to the crowns of garden trees. Shade-loving shrubs are also needed to create a beautiful design for fences and a shady side of a private house. The most common shade-tolerant shrubs are listed below.

  • Cotoneaster. One of the most important ornamental, beautiful, fruiting shrubs in the garden. The genus unites plants of different shapes and sizes, most of them are evergreen or semi-evergreen. Leaves are oval, with a solid edge, pink buds in May or June open to white flowers. In autumn, beautiful fruits ripen, which birds practically do not peck. Some cotoneaster trees have beautiful fall foliage. Strongly overgrown bushes are pruned in the spring. Prized for the unusual dark green color of glossy leaves. They tend to change their hue to red when autumn comes.

  • Rhododendrons - beautifully flowering shrubs that also prefer to be sheltered from the midday sun. Traditionally, representatives of the genus are subdivided into rhododendrons and azaleas. Rhododendrons, growing in the shade, on average reach a height of 1.5 meters, bloom in May, but there are plants both 30 cm and 6 m, blooming both in early spring and in autumn, in August. The color of the flowers is varied, with the exception of blue, the leaves are oval or oblong, overwintering. For all rhododendrons, shallow roots are characteristic, therefore, the soil under the plants is mulched, and watered abundantly in dry weather.

  • Garden jasmine grows well in the sun and in the shade, but in the second case, its flowering will not be so intense. There are two groups of jasmines: bushy with weak stems, grown in wall plantings, and jasmine - vines that are able to climb a wall or a support themselves. The flowering time depends on the species. Grown in moderately fertile soil in partial shade.

  • Privet it tolerates gas-polluted air well, therefore it is most often grown in the hedges of private houses that overlook city streets. There are variegated varieties. It is characterized by the fact that it does not tolerate severe winter frosts, therefore it requires shelter. grows in any moderately fertile soil, in a sunny or shady place. propagates by lignified cuttings in the open field in late autumn. Grooming requires a haircut - hedges are trimmed in May and August.

Privet oval-leaved Aureum

  • Barberry Thunberg Are those decorative flowering perennial shrubs that are beautiful, low and hardy. They are widely used in garden decoration, as they are represented by a large range of varieties. Various types of barberry are very common and popular. Barberry Thunberg grows up to 1.5 meters. The leaves of the shrub turn red in the fall, the berries ripen red. This beautiful shrub blooms in April - May.

Fast growing shrubs

They are chosen by gardeners in a situation when a hedge needs to be grown in a short time. Often such plantings are made combined from different types of shrubs. In this case, you should carefully consider the question of the future size of an adult plant and its relationship to a haircut.

The most popular of the fast growing shrubs are:

  • dogwood and barberry
  • bladderwort - unpretentious shrub with a rounded crown shape
  • thorns careful pruning is not needed, it is done only when thicker vegetation is needed
  • honeysuckle sanitary pruning is required in the first seven years, and then all that remains is to form a hedge of the desired shape
  • climbing rose , it is recommended to begin to form it in the second year of growth in a permanent place.

Low-growing and frost-resistant shrubs for the garden

The former are characterized by the fact that they do not grow higher than one meter. It is customary to plant them on curbs. They are used to decorate flower beds. List of undersized ornamental shrubs for the garden:

  • Japanese quince (low) the whole warm season decorates the cottage with orange or golden color, first with flowers and then with fruits
  • already mentioned above cinquefoil but
  • common heather it is also an evergreen shrub that blooms most of the summer
  • action graceful , its flowering shrubs are the center of attraction, but it is whimsical to excess moisture, severe frosts and cold winds.

If you have not yet decided which shrubs to plant in the country, then you can familiarize yourself with the list of frost-resistant ones:

  • blood red hawthorn - grown in the form of a shrub, a low tree or in a hedge, it can grow in almost any conditions, both on dry and swampy soil, in the sun and in the shade
  • goof silver - grown not for the sake of fragrant, but nondescript flowers, but because of the beautiful foliage
  • elderberry red with beautiful foliage, on which red fruits are formed after the flowers.

Mixborder of conifers and shrubs schemes

The word "mix" leads us to mix. The second part of the word - the border - sends you to the borders. It turns out that there are no boundaries in such a landing. But this is not true. It only seems so. In fact, everything here must be carefully thought out and planned.

Plants in a mixborder are supposed to be arranged in dense groups that smoothly flow into one another. Moreover, it must necessarily contain elements that will remain visible in the cold season. These are shrubs and conifers. They are also called the skeleton of the composition.

Any mixborder must be divided into three parts. They will not be the same in size and shape. Tall plants with interesting leaves appear in the background. The second row is filled with flowers, which are characterized by straight and tall stems. They are covered with medium-sized plants with few leaves. And undersized and ground cover plants come to the fore. Plantings of annual flowers are usually placed in front of them.

Here is one example of a perennial mixborder along a wall or fence. Its background is decorated with plants: lafant, purple echinacea, khatma and clematis. The middle is filled with shrubby cinquefoil, yarrow, fennel grate, Bonar verbena, boxwood, ornamental wormwood and onions. In the first rows are planted: cinquefoil shrub, geranium, soft cuff, coreopsis.

1. Geranium Endress. 2. The cuff is soft. 3. Geranium is majestic. 4. Coreopsis whorled. 5. Shrub cinquefoil. 6. Yarrow ptarmica. 7. Decorative bow. 8. Fennel grate. 9. Bonar Verbena. 10. Boxwood. 11. Decorative wormwood. 12. Lofant. 13. Echinacea purpurea. 14. Hutma. 15. Clematis

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