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Shrubs for Seasonal Interest, Attracting Birds and All Around Beauty

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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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Deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls'Chardonnay Pearls® Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis 'Duncan' pp#16,098) Hydrangea 'Limelight''Limelight' Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' pp#12,874)Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eva')Black Lace™ Elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eva' pp#15,575) Bottlebrush - Fothergilla majorBottlebrush or Large Fothergilla (Fothergilla major)
Fragrant AbeliaFragrant Abelia (Abelia mosanensis) Summersweet 'Hummingbird'(Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird') Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) Smooth Witherod Viburnum (Viburnum nudum)Smooth Witherod Viburnum (Viburnum nudum) Blossoms of Koreanspice Viburnum 'Diana' (Viburnum carlesii 'Diana') Koreanspice Viburnum or Korean Spicebush (Viburnum carlesii)
Wine & Roses® Weigela (Weigela florida 'Alexandra')Wine & Roses® Weigela (Weigela florida 'Alexandra' pp#10,772) My Monet™ Weigela (Weigela florida 'Verweig')My Monet™ Weigela (Weigela florida 'Verweig' pp#16,824)
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