May 21, 2012

5 Landscaping Shrubs for Year Round Beauty


This is a Guest Post by Terry Carter, a writer at Apex Creative. She writes about a variety of NJ Landscaping topics. 

When beginning a landscaping project, it is incredibly important to keep in mind the year-round appearance. What looks beautiful in one season could look horrible in the winter. Of course, its part of nature that plants will die, but that does not mean your yard cannot still look great. For your next landscaping project, opt for these shrubs that look fantastic most of the year.

Weigela
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This family of shrubs is an easy-to-grow favorite for flowerbed borders or the edges of yards. The shrubs grow to be four to five feet in height. Beautiful bell-shaped flowers cover weigela plants and, in many, the blooms last from spring through fall. Another favorable attribute is the variegated foliage found on many varieties; when the blossoms are not out, your yard still gets beautiful bushes with green and golden tones. Wine and Roses Wiegela and Polka are pretty choices for a landscaping job.

Forsythia
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This shrub is a very traditional choice for gardens. The plants grow fairly tall, reaching up towards nine feet. The shrubs boast incredibly beautiful yellow blossoms that appear in early spring. While this is a deciduous plant, the bare branches are far from unattractive or boring. Because of the tall shape, the forsythia looks astonishingly elegant in the winter.

Boxwood
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While boxwood is an incredibly familiar landscaping shrub, this list would be amiss without its name. The boxwood is an evergreen plant that is typically used to create hedgerows. Choosing a variety of the shrub allows you to foster your garden’s personality. While boxwoods do lend themselves to formal gardens, dwarf varieties make attractive shrubs in any style yard.

Barberry
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Barberry plants make beautiful hedges to edge a yard. The thorny shrubs can grow up to five feet in height. There are two varieties that work great in yards. Pillar Barberry plants grow in an elegant, columnar shape. These are great border plants. The Helmond Pillar is dark purple and looks especially regal, while the Sunjoy Gold Pillar has astonishingly bright yellow foliage that turns orange in the fall. For a shorter variety of barberry, the Rose Glow Barberry grows in a shorter, bush like shape and has pretty purple leaves.

Spirea
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Because it is so easy to grow and so beautiful, spirea is a staple in commercial landscaping. Spirea shows off even in its foliage, which is blue-green in the spring and summer and turns an exquisite red-orange in the fall. The flowers, of course, steal the show, however. The plant has arching branches that hold cascades of white blossoms – or, depending on the variety you choose, pink, red, or yellow.

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Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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