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Shrubs are what I call the workhorse of the garden. They define space, direct foot traffic, create privacy and mask trouble areas. When designing I always take into account that every well dress property includes a foundation shrub which visually anchors a site. Like magic a foundation shrub creates a textured transition between lawn and home.

When you are selecting shrubs, take all four seasons into account

  • Colorful Stems
  • Branch Patterns
  • Foliage Color
  • Flowers and Fruit

The natural shape of a shrub is called its “form”.

Round and upright create structure and are used generally to create screens and backdrops or visually anchor the corners of a home. yew

Cushion/mounding shrubs naturally grown into mounds so they are ideal for foundation plantings where neatness is a priority.


Open and upright are a fine accent plant because they usually are deciduous plants with showy blooms, ideal if they are weaved in with evergreens. rhode.gif

Spreading shrubs have a low horizontal pattern so they can be used almost like ground covers.
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Fountain shrubs provide amazing fireworks when in bloom. They are used to accent corners, anchor large flower beds or define boundaries.

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