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Plants to Know: Shrubs for Multi-Season Interest

Aug 16 2012

If you find yourself constantly waiting for something to bloom in your garden to maintain interest, consider adding one or more of the following feature shrubs!

The following list of shrubs have wonderful foliage that looks amazing from spring to fall.  They were chosen for their multi-season interest, which ensures your landscape is always interesting without having to wait for blooms.  Browse the list to find your favourites!

 

Black Lace™  Elderberry, Sambucus nigra 'Eva'

This hardy flowering shrub features distinctive lacy, dark-purple foliage all season which creates a similar effect to that of a Japanese Maple.  The beautiful lace foliage bears soft-pink flowers in the early summer, which are followed by black-red elderberries in fall.  They attract birds, are resistant to deer and are great for mass planting or when used in mixed border plantings.  It should be pruned each season after flowering to promote vigorous blooming the next season, and it can be pruned to the ground if overgrown to return it to compact size, although this may compromise bloom.  Keep moist and fertilize each spring with a balanced slow-release shrub fertilizer or compost.

Plant Details: Height: 180 to 240cm,  Spread: 180 to 240cm,  Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun,  Zones: 4-7,  Soil: Performs best in moist soil, will tolerate dry soil.

 

 

Tiger Eyes Sumac, Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger'

This hardy and low-maintenance shrub emerges with fussy, lime-green foliage which remains golden until it turns a stunning scarlet in the fall.  Looks amazing when combined with contrasting foliages.  It can be mass planted or used in a mixed border.  Does best if pruned in late-winter or early-spring.  Fertilize each spring with a balanced slow-release shrub fertilizer or compost.

Plant Details: Height: 200cm, Spread: 200cm, Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun, Zones: 3-9, Soil: Adapts to many soil conditions.

 

Wine & Roses® Weigela, Weigela florida 'Alexandra'

An easy to care for dark-purple beauty.  Covered with amazing trumpet-like rose-pink flowers in spring which often re-flower throughout the season.  Beautiful when covered with flowers or only with foliage.  Looks amazing when planted with golden tones and variegated foliages.  They can be used for mixed perennial borders, mass plantings or as accents in cut arrangements.  Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, deer resistant.  For best results prune as required after flowering and fertilize each spring with a balanced slow-release shrub fertilizer or compost.

Plant Details: Height: 120cm, Spread: 150cm, Exposure: Full Sun, Zones: 4-8, Soil: Performs best in well-drained soil.

If you love the idea of Wine and Roses® Weigela but do not have the space, consider Fine Wine™ Weigela.  It has all the same wonderful habits as Wine & Roses® Weigela but not all the size.  Fine Wine™ Weigela grows to a height of 60cm and has a spread of 120cm.

 

Sem False Spirea, Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem'

An extremely hardy, foliage shrub with amber new growth changing to lime green as the season progresses.  Displays an 'Astilbe' type white blossom in summer.  Great colour for shady spots!  Prune back late winter or early spring for best results.  Fertilize each spring with a balanced slow-release shrub fertilizer or compost.

Plant Details: Height: 100cm, Spread: 100cm, Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade, Zones: 3-9, Soil: Performs best in well-drained soil.

 

Little Devil™ Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius 'Donna May' Plant Details: Foliage: Deep purple. Height: 100cm, Spread: 100cm, Exposure: Full Sun, Zone: 4, Soil: Performs best in well-drained soil. Fertilize each spring with a balanced slow-release shrub fertilizer or compost.

My Monet® Sunset Weigela, My Monet® 'Sunset' Weigela florida Plant Details: Foliage: Variegated-Golden which turns beautiful red in autumn. Height: 30cm, Spread: 45cm, Exposure: Full Sun, Zone: 5-8, Soil: Performs best in well-drained soil. Prune as required after flowering. Fertilize each spring with a balanced slow-release shrub fertilizer or compost.

This simply begins the list of shrubs which feature multi-season interest.  To view these, as well as many others, visit us!

 

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