There are three broad categories of shrubs:
Deciduous: Shrubs and trees shed their leaves seasonally. This usually occurs in the late autumn, but can also take place before hot, dry seasons. It’s a water-conserving mechanism.
Broadleaf Evergreens: They provide color all year. Some of them bloom.
Needled Evergreens: The leaves of these evergreens have needle-point ends. Many of them also grow cones, making them coniferous (not to be confused with carnivorous or flesh-eating).
Landscapes require the extra layer of color and texture these shrubs contribute.
Witch Hazel: aside from its sweet aroma adds color interest nearly year round. It begins to bloom between February and March. In addition to its beauty, Witch Hazel has medicinal benefits.
Lavender: graceful gray-green leaves hold the fragrant lavender blooms. Lavender oil is highly sought after for its soothing healing properties.
This category is expansive in the number of options available and the benefits they offer.
Viburnum: some types are bloomers. They are medium to fast-growing and offer privacy as well as visual interest. Reaching as high as 10 feet, they can keep your home fresh, and provide a windbreak during the winter months. Viburnum also includes food and shelter for wildlife.
Their needlepoint structure allows them to both gather energy (photosynthesize) and retain it all year and in the harshest climates.
Like their broadleaf cousins, this variety provides privacy, shade, and windbreaks. They also offer necessary sustenance and shelter for wildlife.