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Catalogs show shrubs and trees mostly in bloom. This should not be influenced in the selection, because the flowering time is relatively short. For example, the flowers of the sunlit need weeks of development to be very short. The flowering of some magnolias will only take years to enjoy.
It should also be considered whether shrubs are evergreen or whether they shed their leaves in the fall. Too much green leaves a garden in the winter look downright gloomy, too little makes him bald. With 50% evergreen you usually get well over fall and winter. The different green of the leaves sets distinctive accents even outside the flowering period.
If flowers already give your garden sufficient color, select shrubs that are interesting before and after flowering. Quilts are suitable in a very special way. It bears bright white flowers in the spring, which later turn into pink and finally into a deep red, and is overloaded in the fall with yellow fruit. In addition, it shows a gnarled growth, which forms a special eye-catcher, especially during the gray season. Branches of the dogwood with its red bark grant a pleasing winter sight. Because they are so rare, winter bloomers are very noticeable. A flowering camellia shrub replaces a whole flowerbed in winter, but it is extremely cold-sensitive: it only thrives in vineyards with secure frost protection. Put it so that you can admire it from the living room.
Summer in cool blue
Blue-flowering shrubs bring refreshing flair to the garden in summer. Choose blue varieties of hydrangeas, rose marshmallow and butterfly shrub. Hydrangeas prefer absurd to partially shaded locations. All other shrubs love sunny, warm places with well-drained soil.
Attractive flowering shrubs and woods as the season changes
Red or blue: The flower color of hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) depends on the pH, hydrangeas bloom red on alkaline soils, blue on acid soil.
Classic beauty: Rhododendrons can immerse the early summer garden in a sea of flowers. Most are evergreen, summer-green varieties are also known as azaleas.
Veteran in the home garden: The viburnum (Viburnum opulus) has been decorating the home gardens for centuries. In addition to flower and fruit jewelry, he also offers a beautiful autumn color.
Brilliant Spring: The forsythia (Spectabilis) is a proven strain. It is also ideal for hedges.
Fragrant flower candles: The blue-violet, pink or white flowers of the butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) lure numerous butterflies into your garden.
Why a shrub in the home garden
Shrubs are the perfect choice for small gardens where there is no room for trees. Many can even pull in pots on the balcony or terrace. In large gardens shrubs can be used as hedges or large solitary shrubs ideal as a room divider.
Consistent: Shrubs live for many years and do not have to be replanted over and over again.
Insensitive: shrubs are usually less sensitive to weather extremes and diseases than herbaceous ornamental plants.
Easy to care: Most shrubs thrive and flower well when they are given compost in spring, watered them thoroughly during dry periods and cleared every few years.
Ornament around the year: Evergreen trees look good all year round. Buchs, yew and St. John's wort are classics in the home garden.
Water is vital
Strong watering immediately after planting is one of the most important measures to ensure the survival and good growth of the young shrub. Do not just water thoroughly after planting, but also in the following weeks.
It takes some time for the roots to grow well and spread in the ground. Water until then as often as in potted plants, always at the plant base directly into the root area. Pour very penetrating in very hot or windy weather.
But even in winter, watering may be necessary, because evergreen deciduous and coniferous trees need water all year round. Water the plants after dry periods in frost-free weather, especially the young specimens.
Choose the right tree
Often trees take many years to reach their final size and characteristic growth habit. Never buy a tree without first knowing exactly the height and width that it will grow at the age of or at least after the first 10 years. Only in this way can you find a flowering tree that harmonizes permanently with your garden. Again and again come new, magnificent woody plants on the market, which is then often advertised in the highest tones.
Trees with beautiful flowers: Dogwood (Cornus florida), Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata, P. subhirtella), Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum), Magnolia (magnolia), Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Rows of trees for larger gardens: In a large garden, trees planted in rows are well suited to line a path, to emphasize a line of sight or to direct the eye to a particular point such as the house, a bench or a statue. You can also plant a small avenue on either side of a path or, if there is plenty of space, two rows arranged in a row next to each other.