How Shrubs Are Beneficial In Landscaping
Choosing shrubs for your landscape can seem like a daunting task. With some necessary information, you can learn to create a pallet that is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally beneficial. The first, critical bits of information involves understanding the type of shrub.
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 needlepoint 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. Bare root shrubs are an excellent investment for homeowners.
The Many Benefits Shrubs Have When Used In Landscaping
Shrubs are small to medium-sized woody plants that have many benefits when used in landscaping. The three main advantages are aesthetic, practical and environmental. First of all, they add beauty to a landscape and increase the property value. A well-landscaped home may have a 10 – 15 percent higher value than a home without landscaping.
Well-placed shrubs may help decrease energy consumption. They provide shade during the hot summer months and may block cold winds in the winter. The roots absorb stormwater, so it doesn’t run off quickly, which reduces erosion and the effects of flooding. Woody plants protect the soil better than annual plants.
Shrub planting is an excellent way to define a garden and guide people as they walk through a large area. In some cases, they can be used as barrier plants to block foot-traffic. When used in this way, thorny plants can be used, but care should be taken through pruning and general maintenance so the thorns can’t injure someone.
Privacy is another advantage of shrub planting. The type of shrub chosen should be suitable for providing privacy in any given place. This means the height the plant naturally grows to and the density of leaves need to be considered for the screen. Sometimes the bottom branches and leaves may be lost. When this happens, the plant may need to be pruned close to the ground to rejuvenate the screen effect.
Shrub planting may also form a hedge. This also provides privacy and creates a thicker barrier. To maintain a manicured appearance, most fences need to be trimmed several times a year, so the shrub chosen should be tolerant of shearing. Hedges provide a more formal presentation than screens.
If there are large trees in the garden that are surrounded by lawn, shrubs, planted around the tree trunk are a great way to make mowing the yard easier with a neater appearance around the base of the tree.