May 8, 2019 Shrubs perform important functions and impact on the aesthetics of a landscape. Knowing which shrubs work best an important aspect of gardening. Oakleaf Hydrangea Consider planting oakleaf hydrangeas if you like large leaves that make for an impressive garden. The snowflake oakleaf hydrangea is a talented shrub. The flowers bloom white but then begin to change to pink as the shrub matures. The foliage of oakleaf hydrangeas also changes color as fall progresses. You will have a shrub with foliage that turns a deep red. For best results, plant oakleaf hydrangeas where they get plenty of sun. Spiraea Thunbergii ‘Ogon’ Spiraea is a type of shrub that is small and manageable. Clipping spireas will keep the shrub neat – but you also have the option of letting it grow wild. With an upper limit in height of around 5 feet tall, spireas bloom with white flowers. The leaves are an apple green color in the shrub’s infancy. However, as the shrub ages you will see spiraea leaves changing to yellowy-green hue. Purple Smoke Bushes For a border with an orderly shrub, consider purple smoke bushes. With stems that grow straight up, this shrub is easy to maintain. Purple smoke bushes can grow as high as 15 feet tall. Cutting the shrub back as part of your spring cleaning will keep it in check. If you have purple smoke bushes where they get a lot of sun, they will begin to flower. Orange-purple in color, the purple smoke bush is an ideal choice for most gardens. Knock Out® Roses Knock Out® roses are a series that will continue to bloom deep into the winter months. This shrub is incredibly resistant to pests and disease, which means it doesn’t need pruning to encourage new blooms. The Knock Out® grows with a purple stem that will add some deeper shades to your landscape. Emerald Gaiety If you have woody plants, emerald gaiety creates the perfect contrast. The shrub can grow to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. This is a hardy shrub that will make it through winter without the green and white foliage suffering. The emerald gaiety is a very compact shrub. If you want to create a statement in your landscape, put emerald gaiety in your shortlist. ‘Elegantissima’ Red-Twig Dogwood Elegantissima’ red-twig dogwood is what’s known as a variegated shrub. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it simply means that the Elegantissima’ red-twig dogwood has foliage that is edged with a distinct color. It’s a good idea to put-off buying Elegantissima’ red-twig dogwood shrubs until spring. That way you can see the unique patterns in the leaves and know you are getting the real deal. Japanese Skimmias Again, Japanese skimmias are a shrub that delivers when it comes to interesting foliage. You can buy Japanese skimmias that produce white, pink, or red blooms. You can arrange Japanese skimmias with males and females grouped together in threes. The best arrangement consists of a male coupled with two females. Arranging Japanese skimmias in this way also aids the pollination process. You won’t have to worry too much about pruning this shrub and typical heights lie somewhere between 3 to 6 feet. Juniperus Squamata ‘Blue Star’ Blue Star juniper is typically more expensive than its common counterpart. However, when you consider the aesthetic appeal of the blue needles that take on a silvery hue in winter, it’s worth the money spent. This is a shrub that can hold-up through a mild to moderate winter. It is typically planted at the front of a border. You won’t regret choosing blue star to add a touch of class and color to your garden. The shrub grows very slowly so you may want to purchase a number of blue stars to make the arrangement immediately stand out in your landscape. Professional Shrub Care in Colorado If you need a professional tree or shrub care in Colorado, turn to the experts from Front Range Arborists. We provide a number of services that can help keep your landscape in check. Our specialists can carry out health checks on your shrubbery throughout the year. Helping shrubs and trees make it through the harsh Colorado winters, or repairing weather damage is an essential part of maintenance. Our team offers shrub rejuvenation pruning and bush trimming. We can also inspect irrigation to ensure your shrubs are in a healthy environment. Deep root fertilization can help shrubs grow and bloom to their full potential. All the services provided by Front Range Arborists are tailored to your home or business needs. If you are concerned about the health of your shrubs and trees, seek advice and services from Front Range Arborists. We specialize in promoting healthy growth and revitalization throughout the year in Colorado.