If you’re planning your garden, chances are you want plants that provide four seasons of interest, don’t need a lot of maintenance and are easy-to-grow. If that sounds like the garden for you, then these shrubs are a good place to start.
5 Bushes That Are Must-Haves for Your Landscape
1. Witch Hazel
This shrub is usually the earliest plant to bloom in the landscape, flowering in February or March. Witch hazel’s fall foliage also stands out if it is grown in full sun. Light pruning to shape the plant is all that is needed.
Not only is forsythia a vigorous, beautiful bush, but it is also an early bloomer. Popular in many landscapes, you’ll know forsythia for its bright yellow blooms. Plant in full sun and prune yearly right after the shrub has finished blooming.
These purple flowers appear as soon as the forsythia fades, but it’s their scent that makes lilacs so widely loved. The easy-to-grow shrubs are perfect as a focal point in a garden or to grow as a privacy hedge.
Plant in full sun or light shade in the hottest climates. Most lilacs bloom best in regions with winter chill. Prune mature lilacs as soon as the flowers fade.
4. Oakleaf hydrangea
Hydrangea are known for their bold and colorful summer blooms, but are a top choice for their multi-season show. In fall, the leaves turn hues of red and orange and come winter, the peeling bark adds interest to the landscape.
Oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on the previous season’s growth, so prune right after flowering in the fall or in early winter. This hydrangea doesn’t need a lot of pruning, so give it only a light haircut once a year.
With evergreen foliage, fragrant spring flowers and bright berries in winter, hollies make great landscape shrubs with year-round appeal. Hollies prefer full sun but can tolerate part shade.
Prune in early spring or late summer to keep shapely. Old, overgrown hollies often can be rejuvenated by cutting them back to less than half their size and thinning out the main branches.