Shrubs in the garden: a versatile addition to any plot.
Shrubs are a diverse group of plants found in different climates and regions of the world. They are often hardy and low-maintenance plants that can be found in gardens as well as in natural habitats. They can be used as specimen plants, hedges or as part of mixed woody plantings. Shrubs can also be cultivated in containers on balconies and terraces. They provide shelter and habitat for a variety of animals such as birds, insects and small animals.
Many design possibilities with different sizes of shrubs
There are many different types of shrubs, one of which is the maximum height.
A distinction is made here between:
Small shrubs: These include shrubs that usually do not grow taller than 1-2 metres, such as boxwood, deutzia and lavender heather.
Medium shrubs: These shrubs can reach a height of 2-4 metres, such as azalea and cotoneaster.
Large shrubs: Large shrubs can reach a height of 4-6 metres, such as dogwood.
Tall shrubs: Tall shrubs can reach a height of 6 metres or more, such as yew, and holly.
Regardless of categorisation, shrubs offer a variety of benefits to garden design and the environment. They are low maintenance, provide habitat for wildlife and can be used as attractive eye-catching plants. Some of the most popular shrubs include forsythia, hydrangea, boxwood, lavender, snowball and cherry laurel. These shrubs are very popular with gardeners and garden enthusiasts because of their attractive flowers, evergreen foliage, resistance to various weather conditions and their many uses.
A few care tips for shrubs
The care of shrubs can vary depending on the type of shrub and the climatic conditions in the region where it was planted. In general, however, there are some basic care practices that apply to most shrubs:
Watering: Shrubs need sufficient water to stay healthy and grow well. As a rule, shrubs should be watered deeply about once a week. However, in particularly dry conditions it may be necessary to water more frequently.
Fertilisation: Shrubs can benefit from regular fertilisation to promote healthy growth and abundant flowering. It is important to choose the right fertiliser for the type of shrub and apply it according to the instructions on the packaging.
Pruning: Pruning shrubs can help maintain their shape, encourage growth and keep them healthy. However, it is important to know the correct time and technique for each type of shrub, as some shrubs should only be pruned at certain times of the year.
Pest and disease control: Shrubs can be attacked by pests and diseases that can affect their growth and health. It is important to identify pests and diseases early and take appropriate action to minimise damage.
Mulching: Applying a layer of organic materials such as leaves or straw to the soil around the shrub can help retain moisture in the soil, reduce weed growth and return nutrients to the soil.
It is important to know the specific care needs of each shrub and take appropriate measures to ensure that it remains healthy and beautiful.