It’s been fun over the past 12 years adding shrubs to my country garden that I enjoy and learning what works best in my landscape. Growing a landscape you will enjoy takes time and patience. Be ready to move things around and expect a few casualties! Today I want to share with you three shrubs that have sentimental value to me and can be enjoyed year round in the landscape with basic maintenance.
Remember to Allow Space to Grow
Along the woods we had major clean up project in 2004 and I’ve been building up a garden as a border in this space. Most of the garden in the line are cuttings from perennials I’ve divided throughout the property. I decided to make a new row when I noticed new shoots of lilac at the bottom of an established shrub in 2009.
In the photo above from left to right is the Yellow Twig Dogwood Shrub, Diabolo Ninebark Shrub, and traditional ( common) Lilac shrub. Each have sentimental value to me and were important to add to the landscape.
In the image below is the lilac I added to this space. It took a few years of shaping before it filled into what you see today. The common lilac is a must in any garden I design. The shrub brings back memories of growing up in the Midwest and the wonderful fragrance. The shrub was in our yard where I grew up and my Mother who passed away when I was young always filled the house with the lilac blooms. Because the bloom doesn’t last long I couldn’t have it in my wedding bouquets so I went with silks because I HAD TO HAVE this flower included in this memorable day.
Diabolo Ninebark Shrub
I just love the color of the diabolo ninebark shrub year round. It is important to prune the shrub back in early spring so you don’t remove the flowers.
The first ninbark shrub I ever owned was a gift from Spring Meadows in Michigan. It was a small ( 6″) cutting I bought home back in 2005 and carefully grew it in my front porch landscape. I was so excited that I was able to grow this spectacular shrub every time I see one at a garden center I want to bring it home!
Yellow Twig Dogwood Shrub
The yellow twig dogwood I first fell in love with at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. I love how they use the plants twigs as early spring color interest in most of the show landscapes. When I saw this beauty at the garden center a few years back I had to make it mine!
It took a few years for this shrub to grow. I think the roots were getting established during that time so be sure when you first plant it to water it good and mulch. I have YET to prune this shrub in the past 2 years it has been planted here.
The best part about the shrubs in the landscape is everyone can enjoy them. When you grow plants, trees, shrubs I really believe it makes the earth and soil happy so why not join in the love fest and plant a few this spring / summer!
What are some of your favorite shrubs in the landscape?