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Bushes

Bushes Are Great For Areas That Has Limited Space

 

What’s the difference between a bush and a shrub? Both are smaller than trees, but when people speak of a bush they usually mean a plant with many branches or stems that’s less than six feet six inches tall. Because of this, a bush can form part of the midstory of a garden between the lawn or ground cover and the taller shrubs and trees. Bushes are often used to divide a garden into distinct areas or "rooms" and to provide privacy. They also add line, form, texture and color to the garden. Bushes can range in varieties and species. For example, the forsythia bush is often referred to as a shrub. It is classified as both. It stays within a six foot height and make a great border plant. There are also many other plants you can landscaping with that will stay under six feet in height. Other being hydrangea shrubs, burning bush, viburnums, wisteria, grey dogwood, silky dogwood, red ozier and many other varieties. They also make excellent border plants. When planted near walk ways, or in front of a home, you always want to select bushes or shrubs because they are limited in how tall they will grow and how much space they will branch out. You should choose these varieties to control care and trimming whereas would be a real task if you choose trees for these areas of landscaping.


Though many bushes do produce beautiful flowers, especially miniature azaleas or peonies, gardeners usually choose them for their leaves, bark, fruit or for their habit

 

 

The bush should also be disease and pest resistant and should be able to thrive in the climate, soil and light conditions around the gardener's property. The plant may need to be pollution tolerant if the property is in a large city.A state certified nursery is the best place to buy plants for quality and disease free inspected stock. Most plants has a hardiness zone in which they will transplant best in. Always check the zone and buy according to the hardiness factors as well. Dormant season is alway the best time to plant. From October 15th through April 15th is the dormant season for shipping and the best times to plant bushes.A bush can be a bit expensive to buy, and most gardeners start off with young plants. They should be symmetrical and the root system should be big enough to supply the plant with enough water and nutrients. The plants shouldn't have shriveled, wilted or dead leaves, buds or stems and the bark should be healthy. When these plants are put into the places the gardener chooses, the area can look a bit bare at first. However, the gardener needs to have patience to allow the plants to fill out. In the mean time, perennials or annuals can be planted around the bushes to fill in empty spaces. When planting, it’s also a good rule of thumb to figure that a bush that will grow to about six feet tall will have a width of about six feet. 



Favorties Bushes Are Azaleas, Forsythias and Hydrangeas

From the firey orange native azaleas to the sugar baby forsythia shrubs, there's nothing like having vibrant blooms in early spring to enlighten your mood and get into the landscaping and planting mold. There's also alot of nice hydrangeas you can buy to plant and enjoy all summer long. The annabell hydrangea has huge dinnerplate white snowball blooms covering it in the early summer. Anther favorite is the Nikko Blue hydrangea. It has the same hue blooms in a ball shape but it's a lilac colored blue. It also has the ability to turn a pink color in lower ph soils.

 

 

Bushes

 

Bushes can bring a lot to your landscape. Usually bushes do not grow over 6 feet tall. There are green ones that do not bloom or seed like Ligustrum or Privet that work well for bordering driveways or walkways.  Some bushes can be green year round; however the azaleas and rose of Sharon that will bloom only certain times of they year.  The Crepe myrtle does well in the southern hotter regions and will bloom all summer long.  The Crepe Myrtle comes in a lot of different colors. One can find what color works best with what one already has planted.

 

 

 

If color is what one wants, look for blooming bushes like Hibiscus, Hydrangea or even forsythia.  These all have excellent color and blooms and are fairly maintenance free. The Hibiscus has varieties that have blooms that are the size of an orange all the way up to the size of a dinner plant.  With beautiful color combinations, they work well planted with other plants as a spotlight plant. Hydrangeas are great for cut flowers or just to add beauty to your yard. These have little pest or disease problems and have a variety of colors.  The burning bush can add some bright red color and makes quite a statement. It is a low maintenance bush.  Bridal Wreath Spirea looks like a layer of snow is lying on the bush exterior.   Another plant that works great that is a low maintenance bush is the Huckleberry. The dwarf Huckleberry is a semi evergreen plant that produces a fruit. Bushes are good to use to bring wildlife to your yard. It also will give one great fall color. Edible berries will mature in early fall. Bushes can serve a lot of different purpose so do not forget to plan some room for a few in your garden.