Shrubs: How To Use Them Effectively

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When it comes to landscaping, most of the focus is put on the lawn, the flowers and the hardscaping. What can get overlooked are the less visually appealing elements; shrubs definitely fit into this category.

They will rarely (if ever) be the focal point of a landscape, but shrubs serve a purpose and when done right, can play a big part in the overall landscaping of a yard.

Foundation Planting

In residential and commercial landscaping, the goal is to complement the building with natural elements. Shrubs can be used to cover up the less appealing parts of the building, including the foundation. In many buildings (particularly residential homes) the siding will stop above the ground level, leaving a two foot section of the foundation exposed. Shrubs can be an ideal way to hide the foundation and bring out the true architectural beauty of a home or office.

Privacy Hedges

As the name suggests, shrubs can also be used to add privacy. Whether it is in the front of a home to add privacy from the street, in front of a fence to add privacy to the backyard or to add privacy between homes or buildings, shrubs are a great way to create private spaces.

Specimen Plating

Another great use for shrubs is as specimen plants. These differ from the other uses, as these plants will be used as a focal point and not for a functional purpose. In this instance, it would important to speak with a professional landscape designer, as they can provide additional information to make sure you choose the correct plant. These shrubs should provide a unique color or shape to make them stand out from the rest of the landscape.

Shrubs may not get a lot of the credit when it comes to landscaping, but they can definitely do a lot without always being noticed. If you are interested in landscaping services or wholesale plants, contact us at Waynesboro Nurseries.

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