Shrubs For Borders
Not all gardeners like to shrub as the border of their garden. This is usually because perennial plants have been the main choice of most people. However, due the deciduous characteristic of most perennial, their leaves will fall in cold days and you must try different varieties as a mixture of you border choice to make them look good in winter. If you take a good at most shrub plants, you can find that they are actually good candidates for building your garden borders.
Some shrubs are slow-growing plants and they can tolerate unpleasant environment as well such as clay soil or damp area. Their foliage will keep tidy even when they are growing. So you don’t need to worry about that some apparent gaps will be left in the future. If you want your garden still to be green in late fall or winter days, you can choose some evergreen ones such dwarf conifers. Some of them can flower in summer and have tasteful fruits which can attract birds and insects.
When planning you garden border, if you decide to plant some shrubs along with you existing perennial plants, you also need to consider the influence of the shape and size of their foliages. Different shrubs will grow and spread in different sizes which might be a problem when they grow up. A well-designed garden border should be a composition of a group of plants matching each other.
Here are some shrub examples which can be a choice of you border plant. Dwarf Deutzias can grow up to 1 meter and spread for 1 meter in diameter as well. It will bloom in summer with white flowers. Dwarf Hinoki Cypress is a slow-growing evergreen shrub which can grow up to 60 cm in height and 1 meter in diameter. Carol Mackie Daphne is a special shrub with a white margin on the edge of leaves. It flowers in summer and emit pleasant fragrance as well.
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