If you’re planning your garden, chances are you want colorful shrubs that provide four seasons of interest, don’t need much maintenance and grow easily.
If that sounds like the garden for you, then consider planting loropetalum and podocarpus. These tough plant selections cope well during dry spells and recover easily. They also provide color and winter interest.
Because these shrubs provide consistent year-round color, you’ll love them in your outdoor space, whether in a small nook or large garden, including a coastal garden.
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Versatile loropetalum (pictured at top with purple foliage), thrives in part shade and some varieties grow six to 15 feet tall. If you’re a small space gardener, there are varieties that grow compactly and work well in containers on balconies, decks, patios or porches. Loropetalum blooms on and off with fringe-like pink flowers adding more magic to this easy-going shrub. Use a time-release fertilizer every three months and bone meal when it blooms. Trim when needed and only after it blooms.
This salt-, drought- and cold tolerant shrub works well in big and small spaces. Use larger varieties as a privacy screen, alongside a blank wall or fence, lining a driveway or garden path or simply as a hedge because it can grow taller than fence height if you don’t keep it trimmed. Dwarf podocarpus can be used in containers or in a small home planter box because it grows only up to three feet tall. Either variety will grow in sun or shade. However, expect richer color if you can grow this shrub in the shade. After tiny flowers bloom in spring, the birds love the purple berries that grow in female plants.