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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 way.

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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Rose of Sharon



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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