Shrubs are a great way to add visual interest to any garden area.
They make for great borders and are perfect near entryways. They provide height and scale to an otherwise lacking landscape. Some types bloom and change foliage throughout the seasons. Planting can take place until the end of summer, providing you with a bit more time if you have been procrastinating.
Shrubs often fall into the categories of deciduous (sheds leaves annually), evergreens (provide foliage year-round), and then the more tree-like varieties.
Of course, each of these types has varying sizes when they reach maturity.
In this part of Idaho- zone 5 -bearberry, honeysuckle, forsythia, hydrangea, and azalea are among the more commonly known deciduous shrubs, along with a variety of evergreens. It’s always a good idea to consult with your landscape professional for the best choices if you are concerned about harming wildlife or pets.
You will also need to consider the amount of light your shrub will receive.
Some prefer more shaded areas where blooming varieties may require more light.
Most shrubs are adaptable to a wide variety of soil types as long as the soil is well-drained.
Rocky and clay soils will have more drainage issues than sandy or loamy soils so be sure to assess your soil type and ph levels to adjust accordingly. Ph levels can also affect bloom quality and color. Don’t be caught off guard if your hydrangea is blooming blue, pink, or something in between.
Liquid or slow-release fertilizers are best for shrubs- and should be applied earlier in the season. Discontinue fertilizer a couple of weeks before the first frost is expected.
Trimming is always beneficial, but depending on the type of shrub, timing is important.
To achieve the results you are after, always consult with a professional.