Landscaping garden paths or creating low hedges requires careful plant selection. Not all ornamental shrubs are suitable for this purpose. The advantage should be given to low-growing crops that do not require special care, tolerate formative pruning and temperature extremes well.
In nature, this evergreen shrub is found in Argentina and Chile. The maximum plant height is no more than 50 cm, although the crown diameter can reach 80 cm. Thanks to this, the bush is excellent for landscaping borders. Just one formative pruning of barberry per year will keep the shrub in shape.
The culture normally tolerates drought and cold, does not need additional shelter for the winter. In addition, evergreen foliage looks very impressive against the background of snow, so the garden will remain beautiful all year round. Boxwood barberry blooms extremely rarely, but if it is possible to achieve flowering, bright yellow inflorescences against the background of dark green foliage will become an additional decoration of the garden.
Another evergreen ornamental plant that is often used to decorate garden paths and create hedges. No special gardening skills are required to plant it. Three-year-old seedlings are transplanted into open ground from early spring to late autumn. They take root very quickly, but they grow green mass slowly.
Low-growing varieties need abundant watering during a drought. For the winter, it is better to cover them with non-woven material, since when the temperature drops to -20 degrees, the shoots can freeze. The rest of the undersized variety of boxwood does not need the attention of the owner too much. It is enough to periodically shape the bushes to form a beautiful and dense hedge.
This evergreen creeping shrub provides ample room for imagination when landscaping a garden. This type of euonymus is evergreen, and in natural conditions it is found in China. The height of an adult plant is only 60 cm, but the diameter of the culture can reach three meters.
A distinctive feature of Fortchun's euonymus is that its creeping shoots are capable of forming adventitious roots. They attach the plant to the ground and climb vertical supports. Thanks to this, the shrub can be used not only for creating hedges, but also for vertical gardening.
This deciduous shrub reaches one meter in height. It occurs naturally in Siberia, Altai and in some regions of Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. The culture is of decorative value mainly due to its bright orange inflorescences. In addition, the plant is highly resistant to frost and drought, so there are no problems with growing it.
Caragana oraznevaya is used not only in landscape design. It is planted in parks for additional landscaping, as well as on forest edges.
Most varieties of honeysuckle are quite capricious fruit bushes. But the glossy variety does not produce edible fruits, but is in demand in landscape design. The height and width of the shrub reaches one and a half meters, and during the year the plant adds about 15 cm in length. Glossy honeysuckle berries are purple fruits up to 4 mm in diameter. They are not poisonous, but they are not suitable for food.
It is not difficult to grow shrubs on the site. It is completely undemanding to growing conditions, takes root normally and builds up green mass in any soil. It is better to plant a plant in sunny areas, but placement in partial shade is also allowed. Does not need winter shelter. Even if some of the shoots freeze, the culture will easily recover. In addition, honeysuckle does not need watering and successfully lends itself to formative pruning.
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The most unpretentious and beautiful ornamental shrubs for summer cottages and gardens
What shrubs are there? Today, land owners are offered a variety of:
- decorative deciduous crops
- plants that decorate the garden with their flowering at different periods
- tall breeds
- ground cover or low garden shrubs.
There are a lot of lush blooming or striking plants with variegated color, but when choosing ornamental crops for a summer residence, attention is paid not only to their beauty, but also to the complexity of care. The less labor is required for cultivation, the longer the shrub retains its bright appearance, the more valuable it is for the summer resident.
Varieties of ornamental shrubs
The classification is based on the characteristic features of ornamental shrubs. Among them are light-requiring, color, crown shape and density, appearance, height. The latter indicator is of particular importance when creating a hedge. In this case, the bushes can have not only flowers, but also thorns.
Based on these factors, flowering, fruit, undersized and frost-resistant shrubs are distinguished. They are also classified according to the season. Gardeners who prefer spring varieties can plant forsythia, almonds, spirea, irgu and kerria.
Jasmine, barberry, hydrangea and rose are distinguished by a high level of decorativeness in summer. In autumn, the garden plot can be decorated with abelia, viburnum, mountain ash and hawthorn.
The conservatory will be charmed by rose hips, holly and berry yew. In areas with mild climates, plants such as Japanese maple, camellia, azalea, magnolia and witch hazel are quite popular.
The use of ornamental shrubs
Shrubs for the garden are mainly decorative, they are designed to please the eye and bring beauty. Often they are planted:
- As part of large and small landscape groups
- As a solitary (single focal) plant
- On flower beds and ridges
- Like a curb.
But the area of their application does not end there, they can be planted for purely practical purposes, however, without becoming less beautiful from this. Bushes can serve:
- The walls of the gazebo
- Wind protection of resting places.