At design consultations the clients frequently say that they want two things: more color, and low maintenance. Fortunately these are both very attainable with the right selection of shrubs. Here are some tips for filling your yard with easy color.
Choose shrubs with a variety of foliage colors and textures. If you plant shrubs that have leaves or needles in different sizes and colors, your landscape will always be beautiful whether there are flowers in bloom or not.
There are many new varieties of shrubs that are repeat flowering, so look for those. Summer Snowflake Viburnums, Bloomerang Lilac, Encore Azaleas, and Sonic Bloom Weigela are four examples of shrubs that produce flowers beyond their normal blooming period.
Check how large the shrubs you’re considering grow, and site them accordingly. If you want plants that stay below a window, for example, choose a short-growing variety so you won’t have to prune to fight that plant’s genetically determined size.