Garden Plants: Shrubs

If you dream about having a successful garden, you should have shrubs. Shrubs give a landscape design its overall structure. With a seemingly endless list of shrubs available to the gardener, choosing the appropriate one for your garden takes a bit of planning. This article covers some common, easy to grow shrubs.

Many deciduous shrubs, those shrubs which lose their leaves in winter, are easy to grow and require very little maintenance. Hydrangea, for example, is a popular deciduous shrub which can thrive for years with only occasional pruning. Hydrangeas are essential to the garden in summer for color and foliage texture. They’re one of the few summer blooming shrubs and no garden is complete without them.

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Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)

Wild plum trees are small, multi-trunked trees. The wild plum, or Prunus Americana, is known as the American plum and is indigenous to North America. These deciduous trees grow wild in the central and eastern portions of the United States. They can grow to a maximum height and width of 20 feet, and often appear more like a shrub. The branches of the tree are thin and covered with long thorns that grow up to 3 inches. Wild plum trees bloom in the spring with a profusion of small, white flowers, making them highly desirable for home gardeners who want a showy spring ornamental. The leaves are between 1 and 2 inches long and are a true green color. In the fall, the foliage of the wild plum tree changes from green to gold.


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Trees Could Improve Your Back Garden

Have you a back garden that you ignore for all but two of the sunnier afternoons of the year, only to venture out to sit amongst out of control bushes and overgrown weeds? If so, this article is just for you as you learn the benefits of looking after your back garden.

Trimming. Trees in the back garden need to be trimmed back in order for them to continue to grow and to be healthy. Even if you don’t want your tree to be larger, if it has dead branches still attached to it then the disease that killed those branches can easily spread through the rest of the tree can actually kill the tree and before long you don’t just have an overgrown tree in your garden, you have a dead tree, which is not only an eyesore but also extremely creepy to look out your living room windows at: not to be recommended. (Also read: The Regular Tree Maintaining)

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The Regular Tree Maintaining

Many people that purchase a home, want to create an outside space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Many do this by ensuring that there is quality grass as well as different plants and flowers to liven up the outside space or property. It adds a little bit more character, several home-owners choose to plant trees. Trees seem to have a life of their own. Every tree has its own needs, depending on the age, size, structure and level of development. There are many different types of trees that one can choose from. Like plants, flowers and grass, trees need to be maintained on a weekly or monthly basis to ensure that it keeps the property looking neat and attractive. But, there are other reasons why one should perform regular tree pruning.

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Outdoor Plants: Top 5 Trees For Small Garden

Even the most dedicated maintenance cannot make a large tree suitable for a small garden, and there is a list of smaller garden trees that are ideally suited to such a calling. All of them are rated by the RHS as H4, or ‘hardy’ so will be suitable for most gardens, and all are quite easy to grow. Just because your garden is small, don’t think you can’t have trees.

If your garden is very small, it might be best to choose a deciduous tree that will lose its leaves in winter, thus allowing your home to receive much-needed winter sun for warmth in the colder months. A small evergreen tree in garden might be ideal for providing privacy for your garden from neighbouring upstairs’ windows. In small gardens, it is a good idea to prune the lower branches of trees as they grow to allow more light into the garden or house.

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Outdoor Plants – Acacia

Acacias are useful garden shrubs where space is not a problem, but they have never been popular house plants. The spreading branches bear feathery leaves or spiny false leaves known as phylloclades, and in winter or spring the characteristic yellow flower-heads appear.

These are clusters of small powder-puffs which are much more popular in flower arrangements than in house plant collections. Keep the plant under control by cutting back straggly and unwanted growth once flowering has finished, and keep it robust by feeding and watering regularly during the growing season. If you can, place the pot outside in a sheltered spot in garden once summer arrives. Bring plant back indoors in fall.

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