What Is The Best Choice For Landscaping Around The Base Of A Shrub?

What is the best choice for landscaping around the base of a shrub? Mulch is ideal for landscaping and provides a way to hold in water for a new shrub. When asked what the best choice for landscaping around...

When asked what the best choice for landscaping around the base of a shrub is, our panel of top experts from Greenview Landscaping including Johanna who has been a landscape designer with the company since 2002, Ben who is a landscape design/build manager, and Tom who serves as the company's maintenance manager says that first you should "use a mulch web so you are not mowing directly around the base." This protects the shrub from being damaged by not having to mow too close to it. The panel goes on to say, "You can plant annuals, perennials, and smaller shrubs. For a really large shrub, we might want some different sizes around it." These decisions will all be made based on what look you are going for, like if you want certain colors and the species that will grow well in your climate and soil composition. For the sake of simplicity this article will just be describing the esthetic characteristics of different flowers. Researching if they are suitable for your location will be up to you.


Some varieties of annuals include the "Flossflower", which has blue and while edgings, the "Browallia", which also has blues and whites, and the "Pot Marigold", which has yellows, oranges and reds. The "cornflower" has a variety of blue, pink, white and red flowers while the "Spider Flower" is known for its white, pink and purple hues and the "Coleus" for its colorful foliage. The "Cosmos" has white, pink and red flowers; the "Fuchsia" has pink, red, purple and white; the "Heliotrope" has purple, blue or white; and the "Lobelia" is used for its many shades of blue. The "Monkey Flower" has a yellow and red bicolor while the "Flowering Tobacco" has a variety of red, pink and white flowers. The "Dusty Miller" has silvery grey foliage, the "Marigold" ranges from yellows to reds and the "Verbena" is known for its purple flowers.




A popular choice for landscaping around the base of a shrub is to mix different colors. Some species of annuals that are known for their many bright colors are the "Snapdragon", the "Tuberous Begonia", the "Cockscomb", the "China Aster", the "California Poppy" and the "Impatiens". The "New Guinea Hybrids" are known for their large flowers and colorful foliage. The "Petunia" is a widely used because of the many color choices and the "Wishbone Flower" is planted because of their bicolor. The "Moss Rose" is a very colorful low plant while the "Salvia" has spiked petals. The "Garden Pansy" is a good choice for landscaping around the base of a shrub because of its many colors as is the "Garden Zinnia"

The choice of perennials include the "Yarrow" and the "Golden Marguerite", both of which are known for their yellow flowers, the "Monkshood" for its dark blue hue and the "Silvermound Artemisia" for its silver foliage. The "False Blue Indigo" has blue flowers that attract butterflies while the "Heartleaf Brunnera" has little blue flowers that bud above heart shaped leaves. The "Hardy Begonia" has a choice of white and pinks colors and the "Bellflower" has bell-shaped blue, pink or white flowers. The "Turtlehead" is known for its pink hue and the "Snakeroot" for its whites while the "Tickseed" and the "Threadleaf Coreopis" are both chosen for their yellows colors. The "Bleeding Heart" has a vivid red appearance and the "Glob Thistle" has prickly foliage with blue flowers that attract butterflies as does the rosy-purple daisy flowers of the "Purple Cornflower". The "Leopard's Bane" also has daisy-like flowers in yellow and the"Barrenwort" comes in a variety of yellow, red, pink or white flowers with attractive foliage.

Some perennials that offer many different colors are the "Anise Hyssop" which has many colored spiked flowers and the "Columbine" which is also available in a variety of colors and is known to attract hummingbirds. The "False Spirea" has many colors including light pink and red and the "Centaurea" has a large color range while the "Chrysanthemum" is also available in a variety of different hues. The "Lily" is widely used because of both its many colors and different sizes.

These are all just a few examples of the selection that are available for you to pick from when trying to decide on the best choice for landscaping around a shrub. As said before, all plantings vary widely in terms of soil, climate and location needs. It is best to consult a professional landscaper or other expert from a local garden store to determine the best option for your particular needs.

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