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Different types of shrubs to keep in your garden. Unsplash

By Amanda

Just like any other plant, shrubs have been a staple piece in everyone’s garden. They are commonly called bush. Against trees, they can be distinguished with their short height and the number of stems they have. Their bark can either be smooth or rough. Their trunk isn’t necessarily well-defined. They are a hardy type of plant and can grow in different kinds of soil. They are usually 10 feet tall. Most shrubs typically thrive in sunny climates.


There is a vast array of shrub species that you can grow in your backyard.

Shrubs are suitable for landscaping. They can even be used as backdrops and garden beds.No matter how little space you have. They can give structure to your garden.

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Other than they’re fun to look at, their parts also serve different purposes. It can fancy up your garden with its flowers, too. If you’re a beginner in planting, you can start with shrubs. Here’s a list of the best types of shrubs to grow in your garden.

Azalea

These bursts of colors originally come from China and Japan. It eventually made its way to different regions of the world. Azaleas have a faint smell and are shaped like a funnel or bell. Its leaves can be sharp and thin but can also be big and waxy.

They can tower up to 20 feet or more; however, there are some that are only about 2 to 6 feet high. Its colors include shades of pink, red, purple, white, and reddish-orange. They can even be bi-colored accompanied by stripes and specks.


These bursts of colors originally come from China and Japan. Pixabay

There are about 10,000 types of azaleas available in the world. In China, it is famous for its many medicinal uses, it can be an anesthetic, sedative, and analgesic. Its blooming period goes from early spring and lasts for three weeks. Its soil must be partially acidic and is soaked well. In dry periods, it must be appropriately watered.

Camellias

These flowers are from far eastern areas like the Eastern Himalayas, Malaysia, Japan, and China. It commonly grows along shore and mountain areas. They are evergreen shrubs that can size up to 8 to 20 feet tall. They have hefty, serrated, and waxy leaves. Its flowers are big and are usually 12 cm in diameter.

Its overall structure is dense, upright, and circular. These flowers come in pink, purple, red, white, yellow, and cream. The two main types of Camellias are Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua. One of its varieties contains seed oil which can be of use in cosmetics and culinary. Its healthy petals can be added as garnishes in teas.

Plants like camellias can bloom during the fall and winter depending on their type or variety. To maintain their beauty they must be planted in places where there is a shade to partial sunlight. As it continues to mature, it will also need an abundance of moisture and well-drained soil.


Plants like camellias can bloom during the fall and winter. Pixabay

Forsythia

These plants are native to places like Korea, China, India, and Japan. These grow fast, robust, and live for a short time. Forsythias can develop into 8 to 10 feet in length. Its branches go upright and arches. Its leaves are slight to dark green in color during summer but it turns into a pale yellow and reddish-purple during fall. Its actual flowers range from a light to a vibrant golden yellow.

There are about 11 species of its genus. Its fruit can be used in treating airway illnesses, fever, swelling, and more. They usually have an early bloom time. Flowers are produced in early spring but it still depends on their variety. These bushes thrive in a good amount of sunlight. They must be planted in loose and well-drained soil. They can survive the drought but should still be regularly watered.

Weigela

They were first discovered in areas like the north of China, Japan, and Korea. They are deciduous, circular, and thick that can grow into a size of 6 to 10 feet tall and 12 feet in width. Its flowers are about 1 to 2 inches long. It blossoms in hues of white, pink, yellow, and red. Its foliage is usually shaped like an oblong, waxy, and has jagged ends.


They were first discovered in areas like the north of China, Japan, and Korea. Pixabay

There are about 12 species of this shrub. They can be good base plants that attract many birds and butterflies. Its buds come into the picture within a month and will blossom from May to June. These shrubs adapt well to moist soil which is rich in manure or compost. They will yield when there’s abundant sunlight.

Agapanthus

This shrub is often called the South African Lily which is where it is originally from. It is a perennial that has perched up stems that carry flowers that are shaped like a trumpet and bell. They can be 6 feet tall but it depends on their type.

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They come in blue or white. They consist of maybe more than seven species of this kind. In the local regions, they are sometimes used as a magical and medicinal component. Their flowers begin to unfold in summer and the beginning of spring. They grow well in fertile and well-drained soil. They also prefer being under the sun and occasionally in partial shade, especially in scorching hot areas.

Takeaway

Shrubs not only help in enhancing the stability of your soil and the quality of air, but they can also be beautiful add-ons to your landscape. When you choose the right type of shrub, you will not only improve the aesthetic flavor of your backyard but you will also up your game in gardening.

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