How Should People Choose The Right Shrubs For Landscaping?

How should people choose the right shrubs for landscaping? Soil type, flowers and ultimate growth size are important factors when considering a shrub type for landscaping. When asked how people should choose...

When asked how people should choose the right shrubs for landscaping, 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 you must first: "Think about the right shrub for the right place. You have to know what you want." For example, are you looking for something evergreen or something with lot of flowers on it? "Once you decide, you have to think about what conditions you have: sunshade, soil, if you have a deer problem, there are many different conditions that will affect the choice," they say.

To start the process of deciding what shrubs to use, you need to research the different types that are available, the conditions they require to grow properly and what they offer in terms of your particular landscaping needs. Some of the more common shrubs are of the deciduous flowering variety (deciduous meaning that they shed their leaves annually) and the evergreen shrubs mentioned earlier. A trip to your local landscaping shop or garden store should yield you plenty of ideas on how and where to use the many shrubs that are included in both families.

Before actually inquiring into the exact variety that is available, decide on what you want to accomplish with the shrubs first, so you don't waste your time on a type that doesn't fulfill your needs. Are you using them as sort of a "natural fence" along your property line, for added color and drama, or for other esthetic purposes such as filling in the space between other elements of your landscaping design? Base your decisions not only on the way they look, but also take into consideration that different types of shrubs, like many other plants, grow to different heights and widths. You have to allow for proper growth in your planning or you might end up with a "cluttered" looking yard. Most shrubs should be planted five to eight feet apart so they do not "invade" their nearest neighbor's space. Pruning is always an option with most shrubs, but one can only trim so much and this should not be counted on as an alternative to proper spacing.

Also, similar to other plants, different shrubs require different conditions to be healthy and grow to their full potential. Every type has various requirements, including how much sun exposure or shading it needs. Other factors, such as deer or insect problems that may be a common concern in your area have to also be taken into consideration. If you have a larger yard, it may be advisable to consult a professional landscaping company in the design. Even if your project is smaller, a professional already knows how to choose the right elements, such as shrubs, to accomplish the look that you want, for the price you want to pay and with the amount of maintenance you want involved. The time and effort that would be saved by not having to research all of these aspects yourself may be worth the extra expense of a landscaper taking care of all of these details for you.

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