Garden plants - 6 shrubs and tips on how to take care of them


The woody garden plants that branch off from the same base and are smaller than the trees are the so-called shrubs. They are typically used to define borders and benefit from being combined with flowers , but wherever there is free space in the yard you can fill it with bushes and small trees. Today we show you several garden plants that are perfect to beautify your outdoor space. There are a number of reasons to add shrubs to the garden in particular because shrubs and trees provide height and are durable, even in winter when most plants die. They can also provide some shade, which is useful for lower growth plants, especially those that originate in forest habitats. Flowering shrubs embellish and add color in the garden during spring when most perennials have only leaves. They can also offer a structure in which climbing plants can climb.


Caryopteris, are shrubs of Asian origin, it combines very well with the Japanese iris. This shrub of modest size attracts butterflies and in late summer it falls in love with its blue or purple flowers. The lavender green foliage further softens the appearance of caryopteris. The plant is very easy to care because it supports drought and extreme heat without problems. In conditions of growth in a dry place this shrub blooms for up to five years. Plant this shrub in a sunny and partially shady place, on a well-drained soil. The plant grows best on silty, acid to alkaline soils with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. The roots should be at a depth of 30 centimeters. You can improve the drainage in the soil by adding a layer of 10 centimeters of organic compost. The use of organic material that has not been composted can decrease soil nutrients. For plants this shrub you should dig a hole three times wider than the root ball of the shrub, and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the ground level. Center the bush in the hole and fill the hole with the soil removed, tamp lightly to remove the air pockets that could dry the roots. Then spray well with water to settle the soil. You should water the shrub often to keep the soil moist, until the plant establishes new roots. After the plant grows it can be periodically watered during the prolonged drought this will be enough to keep it healthy and flourishing.

Garden plants shrub caryopteris


We continue with the calicanto which is a very tall deciduous shrub as it can exceed 2.5 m. Tall. Its leaves are broad, have an oval shape and are pale green. The leaves of the calicanto measure more or less 10 centimeters. These garden plants bloom in late spring or early summer. Its flowers give off an intense aroma when cut. Before planting a calicanto in the garden make sure you have enough space. It is important to keep in mind that the calicanto lasts a long time and can be quite invasive. As a result, you may prefer it in a large garden, as it may extend too wide and may look bad in a smaller garden. It is best to grow a calicanto in moist, rich and slightly acidic soil. Calicanto is not very susceptible when it comes to soil, but it will grow better in moist, rich soil with plenty of room for growth. Avoid planting this shrub in very humid locations where puddles tend to persist after the rain. Plant your alicanto in a shady place although this shrub will grow in the sun and shade, usually prefers shaded locations. Shrubs grown in full sun will grow more slowly and will not reach the same height as shade plants. In nature the plant would grow in woody areas, so it thrives best in the shade. If you have trees in your garden that offer partial shade, consider planting the calicanto underneath.

Calicanto garden plants


When we think of hydrangeas, hydrangea Hydrangea Macrophylla are the ones that come to mind, since they are a characteristic of classic gardens. We know that this type of hydrangeas can be very beautiful but there are many others that have so much and no more, to offer to our garden. In this article we will talk particularly in the Hydrangea paniculata, the hydrangea paniculata, has the heads of the flowers in a wide cone not rounded like the hydrangea we all know. Cultures of Hydrangea paniculata produce shrubs of medium or even large size, with a height of at least 3 m high and 2.5 m wide. These shrubs are deciduous, with green leaves and deeply veined oval. The panicles of most of this garden plant appear in late summer but last until autumn and are at least 20 cm long.

Garden plants a type of hydrangea that you can not resist


Flowering times vary depending on how the plant is grown. As you can see in the photos the flowers of the plant are white, with a pale pink color as the time of flowering passes. They begin to bloom in a creamy white color and after a while they change their color to deep pink. These garden plants are not demanding as regards soil pH as other hydrangeas, but the soil must be fertile and well fed. I'd better plant them in a shady place for a half of the day. Although they are strong, they will not survive in a place with cold and icy winds so it is better to plant them in a sheltered place facing east. You can put organic matter in the soil in spring which will help preserve moisture in summer. The paniculata hydrangeas can be kept beautiful by pruning. This will also produce larger flowers. Pruning is easy: simply trim the stitches every early spring.


Oleanders (Nerium oleander) are among the most versatile shrubs, with dozens of uses in coastal landscapes. They tolerate a wide range of conditions, including difficult soil, high pH, ​​severe pruning, heat and drought. But the only thing they can not stand is winter temperatures below 20 degrees. However, in colder climates, you can grow oleander in a container that can move indoors when temperatures drop. The first thing you should know if you want to grow an oleander in the garden is that you need to avoid the home landscapes where children and pets play. Since all the parts of the bushes are poisonous and the smoke from the burning of the debris of oleander is toxic. Ingesting even a small amount of foliage, flowers or buds of an oleander plant can be fatal. Contact with foliage and flowers can cause severe skin irritations and allergic reactions. Always use long sleeves and gloves when working with this bush.

Garden plants a poisonous shrub but very beautiful

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The oleanders bloom from mid-spring to the end of summer, producing large clusters of flowers in shades of yellow, white, pink or red at the tips of the stems. They grow and bloom best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade. These shrubs are considered resistant, but if you live in an area with frost in winter the oleander is not the best choice of bush for your garden. If your shrub is damaged you can prune and remodel the damaged parts of the shrub to encourage new growth. The care of the oleander is easy and this makes it a popular shrub. In the garden, shrubs require minimal care. Although they are tolerant to drought, they look better when they are watered during dry periods. However, be careful not to water too much. The yellowish leaves indicate that the plant is receiving too much water. If the soil is poor, feed the plant lightly with a balanced fertilizer during its first spring.

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We continue with the potentilla and as you can see in the photos bright white or yellow flowers cover the bush from the beginning of June to the autumn. The shrub grows only from 30 to 90 centimeters in height, but what it lacks in size it has in the ornamental impact. This small shrub is hardy and thrives in cold climates. You can use the potentilla to decorate the entrance of the house or to define the borders of the garden. Although in these photos you can see bushes with white and yellow flowers, you will find many plants with variations of color and some with double flowers. The most popular potentilla to cultivate has white flowers and green leaves. But you can find potentillas with orange and even red and orange flowers. The potentilla needs full sun or shade. A little shade during the heat of the day keeps the plant blooming longer.

Brightly colored garden plants

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This shrub prefers moist, fertile and well-drained soils, but tolerates, clay, rocky, alkaline, dry or poor soils. It has a strong resistance to diseases and insects which makes potentilla cultivation easy. The best thing to do is water the potentilla during prolonged dry periods. The plant survives without consistent irrigation but thrives when it receives a lot of moisture. This native American shrub grows wild in marshy soils. Put this shrub in the late spring or fertilize with a complete fertilizer. At the end of the flowering season, cut the old branches at ground level to rejuvenate the bush allowing it to grow back. Use organic matter to help the soil retain moisture and discourage weeds.

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It is difficult to imagine a more worthy plant for garden than the rock rose or steppe that are the common names of this plant also called cistus. As the tulips lose their shape and flower and the apple continues to bloom, the rockrose blooms along with the peonies. And how are your flowers. As you can see in the photos the jara has flat and saucer-shaped flowers, with five fine petals, which wrinkle like tissue paper when they are first deployed and come in white or shades of pink, depending on the variety. Each one lasts only one day, but the plant is so covered with buds that it can beautify your garden for a period of three weeks thanks to the new flowers that open every day. There are 20 species or more of cistus, all are evergreen shrubs. They come originally from the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean countries. The rockrose comes from rocky areas, so it likes a very well drained soil, even stony, in full sun.

Garden plants the perfect rock to decorate your garden

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It tolerates a wide range of pH, although the leaves can start to have a yellow color in very calcareous soils. It looks good and grows well in the gravel or planted between the pavement, as well as on the sunny edges and around the banks, it is also appropriate to plant them in containers. If you decide to grow the jar in containers, better use a clay compost. Rockroses should be planted at the end of spring or summer, instead of autumn, in the same way as other Mediterranean shrubs. If your soil does not have a strong drainage, we advise you to add sand in the hole of the plantation. Cistuses are not usually damaged by frost, but need a protected position, since the cold winds in spring can kill their flowers. Unfortunately the bad weather and especially the rain, will darken and spoil the flowers. Cut the shrub slightly after flowering, rockrose is not a long-lived plant, so you will have to replace them every few years. Thick leaves do not attract insect pests.

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