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Does all of the time you’re spending at home this spring find you looking for early-blooming shrubs to spruce up your garden? Chances are, your local garden center offers delivery or pickup of one of these beautiful, easy care options, and more – all certain to bring color and renewal to your outside oasis.
Gardening isn’t just for folks who have large yards. Some of the most creative and beautiful gardens are made in small spaces, where choices are deliberate and plants offer more than just one thing. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 shrubs that are perfectly sized for containers or small gardens!
Here are ten shrubs – five for fall, five for winter – that look great in the garden, in the vase, and more. While they may not be at their most exciting in spring, when the temperature drops and things start to get gloomy, you’ll be mighty glad you added them to your planting list.
Leaves get all the credit for making autumn beautiful, but berries are no slouch at bringing a whole new range of colors, forms, and interest to the landscape. However, lots of gardeners miss out on the unique feature of berries because the plants that create them don’t look like much when during the prime spring shopping season at garden centers. Here’s your chance to change that! Adding these shrubs that have beautiful fruit to your planting list will ensure an even more colorful autumn next year and beyond.
Panicle hydrangeas – also known as peegee hydrangeas, hardy hydrangeas, and Limelight hydrangeas, are the easiest to grow, most adaptable of all hydrangeas. We like to call them the “black thumb hydrangea” because they are so easy and reliable, they make even people who have no experience (or claim to have a black thumb, which we don’t believe even exists, frankly) look like garden rock stars. So don’t be intimidated by this guide – we created it just to address the myriad questions we get on these popular plants.
Putting the flowers in flowering shrubs has always been our mission – and these plants epitomize that. They rebloom, which is to say that instead of just blooming once, along with conventional varieties, they go on to bloom again, or to keep blooming, through the season. If you are looking to add flowers, and plenty of them, to your landscape, take your pick of these ten favorites. All have been trialed and proven to be outstanding in the field, and in your garden.