How to Grow Bushes and Shrubs
Bushes and shrubs are an integral part of landscaping. There is a bush
or a shrub for any and all landscaping designs. If you're looking for
a particular, creative shape, many bushes and shrubs can be cut, trimmed
and sheared into just about any shape imaginable. Just ask the folks at
Disneyworld. They have trimmed many arborvitaes into living statues of Mickey
Mouse and his pals!
As we think about bushes and shrubs, foundation plants first come to mind.
We also think of them for use as hedgerow, or as natural fencing around the
perimeter of our yard.
Bushes and shrubs have lots of value, and seemingly limitless uses. Among
other things, they are used:
As an essential part of landscaping yards and, parks, and more.
As a natural windbreak.
As hedgerow or barriers.
To screen or block a view.
As accent to rock gardens, berms, and landscape plans.
For enjoyment of flowers and their fragrance
Like trees, some bushes are evergreens and others are deciduous.
Exotic shrubs and bushes can really make your yard stand out... in a good
How to Grow Bushes and Shrubs:
Looking for information on how to grow a specific bush or shrub? Here is
our growing list of "How to" pages.
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A Bush or a Shrub?
Many people use the terms "bush" and "shrub" interchangeably. Here is the
distinction between the two:
A bush is a woody plant. It has many branches, but no central stem.
By its pure definition, bushes are not a climbing plants. Bushes are largely
annuals. So, climbing roses technically, are not bushes!
A shrub is also a woody plant. It is a perennial. Typically, it is
distinguished from a bush by having branches low to the ground.
Now that you know the difference, call them what you like. Only a botanist
will care enough to correct you!
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