Our Plant Pick: Camellias
Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Mexican Bush Sage
Shrubs. How to pick a shrub that will thrive in our area? It can be a difficult task when you are at a nursery with thousands of choices for the open spaces of your landscape. Some people might say that they don't even know the real difference between a tree and a shrub when looking at a plant in your local garden center. Well, size alone doesn't reliably distinguish trees and shrubs. Better distinguishing characteristics include aspect and use. One description of shrubs that seems obvious, but is helpful is from Sunset Western Garden. Sunset describes shrubs as "carrying their foliage to ground level, revealing little or none of their branch framework." Esentially, a tree, you can walk under, while a shrub you must walk around. Shrubs are the skeleton of your landscape and provide a transition between tree canopy and ground level. Shrubs don't have to be boring. They can provide visual interest in their foliage and their flowers and fruits.
When choosing a shrub, it is a good idea to think about several key components:
1. Sun requirements.
There are shade loving shrubs, sun loving shrubs, and those in between. To encourage the shrub's survival, make sure you know the sun or shade hours of the area you are planting.
2. Deciduous or evergreen.
Deciduous means it will lose its leaves, and evergreen, means it will keep foliage all year. We have several suggestions for all types of shrubs, but our blog post today will focus on evergreen shrubs.