One of the easiest ways to add structure and 4 season interest to a garden is to include trees & shrubs with stricking flowers, foliage, fruit and branching. Luckily, that's getting to be easier than ever. Plant breeders have shown a surge of interest in shrubs. The humble hydrangea and old-fashioned elderberry are undergoing extreme makeovers and coming out as show stoppers. Happily, they are not being turned into garden divas. New shrubs are cultivated not only to bloom larger & longer, but also to be widely adaptable and pest resistant.
I asked Tim Wood, Resident Horticulturist & Plantsman for Spring Meadows Nursery and Danielle Smith, who's in the Marketing & PR Dept. there, and responsible for tempting us with the plants selected, which of the 500 or so varieties in their catalog they consider 'must haves' for their own gardens and why.
Yes, I asked them which of their children they love best. It was difficult, but here are their Top 10 Shrubs for the Home Garden.
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