What's a specimen shrub? It's a shrub that really packs a punch in the landscape. It's unusual--whether due to flowers, fruits, foliage, bark, or all of the above!
When you want an even, subdued look, you plant multiples of the same shrub to blend into the background. Foundation plantings (around the house) are mostly made up of the same shrub, but for some Wow! Boom! Bang! at the front door or near the driveway you're going to want a specimen shrub. Here are some of our favorites for you.
This looker is at home in full sun to partial shade. It has lacy chartreuse leaves in the summer and flowers that develop into berries in the fall. It provides three solid seasons of interest and is sure to wow.
Gosh, we just love these Weigela plants. They're all great, really. Gorgeous foliage, pretty flowers, what's not to like? Sonic Bloom™ starts flowering in the summer and just keeps on going until frost. Butterflies and hummingbirds love it.
Caryopteris, also called Bluebeard, is probably THE. MOST. UNDERUTILIZED. shrub in the landscape. Sunshine Blue™ has bright chartreuse leaves and gorgeous blue flowers in September. Just when you think the garden is giving it up for the year, Bluebeard roars in with a big show. You want it. Trust me.