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  • Proven Winners Shrubs Combos for the Garden

    Can you plant an entire beautiful garden with nothing but shrubs? Yes! Here are some combinations for stellar gardens planted with nothing but, you guessed it, shrubs!

    ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs are the star of this show. We offer these great shrubs because they are predictably showy in the garden, whether from flowers, fruit, foliage, or bark.

    Wildlife Garden

    Whether you want to attract birds or butterflies, here are some shrubs to start with when planting a wildflower garden.

    Purple Pearls Beautyberry Purple Pearls™ Callicarpa

    This pretty shrub is a North American native beloved by birds and butterflies. Purple Pearls has burgundy leaves and clusters of purple flowers covering the shrub in the fall.

    Sunshine Blue™ Caryopteris

    Late season butterflies need something to sip and the blue flowers of Sunshine Blue™ Caryopteris deliver. Chartreuse leaves provide interest all summer long and a profusion of blue flowers when everything else has stopped blooming carry the garden well into fall.

    Aphrodite Calycanthus

    Aphrodite Calycanthus

    Fragrant red flowers in the summer are the true beauty of this shrub. Butterfly larvae call Calycanthus home, and more baby butterflies means more adult butterflies!

    Little Henry® Itea

    Can one shrub be perfect? If so, this one fits the bill. It has cascading white flower clusters in the late spring to early summer. In the fall the leaves turn a bright red-orange foliage. In the winter, the mounding branches are bright burgundy-red. Make room for this one.

    Four Season Color

    Arctic Sun™ Cornus

    Four season color can come from the foliage, flowers, or even the branches of a shrub. Here are some of our favorites for interesting color throughout the year.

    Arctic Sun™ Cornus

    Pretty yellow-green leaves on this shrub fall off to reveal bright yellow twigs during the winter. It's gorgeous all year round, with different aspects shining depending on the season.

    Wedding Ring™ Buxus

    This pretty little shrub has green and gold variegated pinky-sized leaves. It can be pruned as a low, dense hedge or as a mound. Grows well in the landscape and in containers.

    White Album™ EuonymusWhite Album™ Euonymus

    An evergreen Euonymus, this green and white shrub grows to a max height of 2 feet, so it won't ever overwhelm the landscape. It's equally happy in sun or shade, so it's quite versatile, too!

    Polar Gold™ Thuja

    Polar Gold is almost more of a small tree than a shrub. This pyramid-shaped evergreen has a gold-green color year-round. It is quite resistant to burn. Responds well to hedging!

    What kind of shrubs are you looking for? Chances are there's a Proven Winner for your garden!

  • Loving Lilacs

    Are there any spring-blooming shrubs with as much tradition, as many memories attached as the fragrant-flowered lilac? When you drive through the country, you can see lilac shrubs blooming around tumbled down old porch steps. You'll sometimes see lilacs standing at either side of old cemetery gates. But the lilacs we have at Shrub Source aren't your grandma's lilacs. They are re-bloomers, compact-growers, and more resistant to problems that plague older varieties. Here are our new favorite fragrant flowering shrubs.

    Bloomerang® Purple Lilac (Syringa)

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    Bloomerang® Purple Syringa is a compact blooming shrub reaching a mature height of 4-5 feet and spread of 5-6 feet. The shrubs are covered with flowers in the early spring, but the plant re-blooms in the summer and keeps blooming until frost. They're hardy in zones 3-7 and are resistant to powdery mildew and root rot.

    Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac

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    This deer-resistant re-blooming lilac starts the show in early spring with tightly-closed plum purple flower buds that open to fragrant flowers beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds. Keep these shrubs looking their best by giving them a light pruning after they bloom. Fertilize after the spring bloom to encourage reblooming later in the summer.

    Scent and Scensibilty™ Pink Lilac

    Scent and Scensibilty™ Pink

    A truly unique lilac, Scent and Scensibilty™ Pink Syringa, has a compact, mounding growth habit with a height of 2-3 feet and a spread of 4-6 feet. It grows best in full sun in moist, well-drained soil. It will re bloom sporadically throughout the summer, but not as reliably as the Bloomerang® lilacs.

    Lilac Care and Maintenance

    If you have older lilacs, the way to keep them blooming beautifully is through renewal pruning. This is the practice of removing one third of the old growth back to the ground each year.

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    Keeping lilacs pruned helps promote airflow and reduces problems with powdery mildew.

    Newer varieties benefit from light pruning for shape after the spring bloom and application of a liquid fertilizer. Always plant in full sun and well-drained soils to avoid problems with root rot.

    Deadhead (remove spent flowers after bloom) to encourage re-blooming.

    Still grows the vivacious lilac a generation after the door and lintel and the sill are gone, unfolding its sweet-scented flowers each spring, to be plucked by the musing traveller; planted and tended once by children's hands, in front-yard plots,--now standing by wall-sides in retired pastures, and giving place to new-rising forests;Mthe last of that stirp, sole survivor of that family.
    ~Henry David Thoreau

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