Shrubs are great compliments to trees, and broadly important to any yard planting. There are the tall shrubs and the small shrubs, both have their place in the landscape design, and can fill in those empty spaces, serve as a focal point, corner, walkways, become hedges or screens, or a visual step from the lawn-level to the tree-level. One of the basic landscaping approaches is to create a "stair-step" look. You can choose from - small, medium, and tall size shrubs, planting the small shrubs in the front, the tall ones in the back to get a stair-step landscaping look. It's a logical transition for the eye, and can look for appealing. Some people rather not have the solid fullness of all of that, and rather have just a few green bushes here and there. That's perfectly fine also, there is a wide variety of shrubs to meet many needs.
Each season brings new changes. Some items get added, others are dropped... but keep the Catalog bookmarked for the latest offerings...
How to Landscape? We can help with some ideas if you'll tell us what you're hoping to do. You can also walk or drive around the area you live. Look at other homes and businesses, and see what they did, how they grouped their plantings, how they mixed trees with shrubs, and just see what really appeals to you. Look at the various magazines for ideas also. Take notes, measure the area you want to plant, make sketches, and just draw it out on paper. Plan 3 to 4 feet apart for shrubs, and 6 to 8 feet apart (or more) for the trees. Then click over to the catalog, and look at the pix to see how and what might work for you. Drop us a note, and we'll help fine-tune your plan.
The whole idea of landscaping is a feel good approach. It should be fun and simple, and do what you want...
General Rules of Thumb: Plants shrubs 3 to 4 feet apart. Plant fast-growing trees about 6 to 8 feet apart, in one more rows. The other trees can be planted 10 to 20 feet apart. For visually appealing appearances, plant in groups of 3 (such as with Birch or Aspen).
Look at the yard or property and sketch out on paper what shrubs can be added. There is a wide variety to chose from, and we are in production of several types:
Tall Shrubs for screens, borders, and lines
Tall Shrubs that flower
Medium Shrubs for lines and borders
Medium Shrubs for flowers and visual emphasis
Flowering Vines that add color and coverage
Many of the tall shrubs are known for their colorful flowers, like the Dogwoods, Japanese Snowball Bush, and the Lilacs. Others, such as the Purpleleaf Sandcherry and the Amur North Privet are popular as screens and hedges.
Some of the popular medium-size shrubs we grow include the Boxwood, Blue Arctic Willow, Butterfly Bush, and others. Some of the newer items include the Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hydrangeas, and Camelias. These can make lines or dot the various areas of the garden. Many of these items are limited in supply or they sell out quickly, and their availability will vary as the season grows on...
Something new in the landscape is planting "edible" shrubs. See the Section called "The Edible Landscape"
We put a few vines in our Shrub section. Plant these where they can grow and spread - a trellis, fences, sides of a building, etc.
The Trumpet Vine is a very fast growing vine that becomes covered with reddish-orange flowers in mid to late summer, and the hummingbirds flock to them. Want to attract hummingbirds to your garden? Click here.
We also grow (Purple) Wisteria - a member of the Pea Family, a spreading vine up to 20 feet long, with beautiful purple/blue flowers that have a sweet scent! Excellent for a trellis or fences.
Ever plant berry plants as part of your general landscaping plants? There are some that add a different look and function, namely edible (or semi-edible) berries. Consider the Autumn Olive, American Cranberry Bush (different than the edible Cranberry), and Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, into your planting plans. Enhance the wildlife, particularly many types of birds, that can always use a free lunch... Whether planted individually, in small groups, mixed with other shrubs and trees, or as lines and hedges, shrubs that make berries offer a new treat!
Low-growing, colorful, and edible berries, that's - Lingonberries. These are short dark green with reddish or purplish color to the stems, make clumps about a foot wide (and a foot tall), great for borders, container-plantings, and a nice step in that stair-step approach. Very limited, they sell out fast and early every year. In fact, we don't have any available for quickly, but we are booking orders for next year!
Along the same lines as the Lingonberry, the Evergreen Huckleberry, Cranberry, and Red Huckleberry are sold out this season, so order yours now for next year. Do ask... we can better tell you whats in the future plant production line.
Looking for ideas or particular plants? Drop us a note, and we can help. First though, take a look at the Catalog, in the Shrub section to see what we have available.
Go see the berry plants... Click here.
Click to the Catalog for all of the items available... click here.
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