Depending on the time of the year and seasonal availability, we offer over 100 bushes and shrubs. The terms bush and shrub have similar meanings and we use them interchangeably to describe a low woody perennial plant that usually has several stems. Bushes (or shrubs) are often the anchors of a landscape. Bushes come in a multitude of sizes, colors, shapes and many have flowering attributes. The contrasting leaf colors can be positively riveting for the eye. Because there are so many uses and so many distinctive combinations for shrubs and bushes, it is up to you to decide what species please your eye.
Shrubs can provide four-season beauty to a landscape. Some bushes have beautiful fall colors; some provide brightly colored stems and branches for contrast against the winter snow. Other shrubs provide early spring flowers that seem to flow like a fountain and many provide summer privacy and attractive foliage. Evergreen shrubs can provide an inviting look to an entry way or driveway. Most bushes are easy to care for and will remain attractive for long periods of time with minimal effort.
When selecting shrubs, consider the location where you intend to plant shrubs, and determine the amount of sun it receives daily, noting whether the site is mostly sunny or shady, or whether it receives a mix of sun and shade.
Determine the effect you intend to achieve with your shrubs. If you are planting a hedge, how high do you want your plants to grow? If you are using shrubs as part of a mixed planting, will the shrubs be your central focus or will they complement the surrounding plants?
Consider whether you want evergreen shrubs, those that keep their leaves year round, or deciduous shrubs, those that lose their leaves in the autumn. Each can provide stunning displays of color, but deciduous shrubs may not provide the density of coverage you desire in the winter.
Determine the types of shrubs that will suit your planting location given the amount of daily sun it receives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service offers lists of plants native to each state, along with a list of noxious and invasive plants you may want to avoid.
After the shrubs have been planted, it is very important to prune damaged limbs to reduce the opportunity for disease and water them properly. Some shrubs do well with annual hard pruning, and others need only light pruning. If unsure, give us a call and we will be able to recommend what needs to be done.
We hope that you will come and see us so that we can help you determine the right kind of shrub for your yard!