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5 Shrubs That Have It All

April is an ideal spring month to plant shrubs. With cool temperatures and ample rain, the shrubs will develop good root systems to get them established. If you are going to invest in shrubs for your landscape, why not choose those that can give you three to four seasons of interest with spring blossoms, interesting foliage and berries? Listed below are five shrubs that have it all!

Beautyberry ‘Pearl Glam’ (Callicarpa ‘Pearl Glam’): Don’t settle for a Beautyberry shrub that only sparkles in autumn. The ‘Pearl Glam’ variety is a deciduous shrub that leafs out with dark purple foliage in spring, white flowers in late summer and a massive number of violet-purple berries in fall. Zones 5-8.

Light: Full sun. 6+ hours

Soil: Moist, well drained

Blooms: White flowers. Deadheading not necessary.

Size: 48-60″ tall x 36-48″ wide

Why we like it:

  • Purple berries
  • Upright habit is a space-saver
  • Deer resistant & repels mosquitos
  • Uses: Borders, screening, mass planting or focal point

Korean Spice (Viburnum carlesii): A must-have flowering shrub! You’ll love it’s spicy, springtime scent, as well as the clusters of pink buds that turn into three-inch snowballs. Bright red berries fade to black in fall when foliage turns a bright red… an easy to grow shrub that looks good in every season. Zones 4-8. 

Light: Full sun, partial shade

Soil: Adapts to many types of soil with moderate moisture.

Blooms: Springtime flowers when spring bulbs are blooming.

Size: Slowly reachs 4-6 ft. tall and wide; up to 8 ft. tall with age.

Why we like it:

  • Heavenly fragrance attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Red-pink buds open to light pink/white flower clusters.
  • Fall color’s spicy-red and purple foliage

Uses: Group or mix with other broadleaf shrubs, borders, foundation plantings or hedges.

 

Winterberry Holly  (Ilex verticillata): This deep-green, deciduous holly loses its yellow fall leaves, allowing the showy red berries to become the focal point. Berries last through January and will sustain birds through the last few weeks of winter. If you need a smaller holly, look for the space-saving ‘Poppins’ and ‘Little Goblin’ series. Zones 3-9.

Light: Full sun, partial sun yet, extremely shade tolerant

Soil: Adaptable to wet or heavy soil

Blooms: White flowers in spring.

Size: 39-48″ tall x 36-48″ wide

Why we like it: 

  • Scarlet red berries liven up the winter landscape.
  • Adaptable to wet or heavy soils
  • Native to North America 
  • Low maintenance with little pruning needed
  • Attracts wildlife.
  • One male shrub will pollinate up to 5 female shrubs.

Uses: Mass plantings, wildlife benefits, native gardens, winter interest

Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa ‘Low Scape Mound’): Multi-season interest! This native Chokeberry shrub is a tough, tidy mound of glossy green foliage. It shines in mid-spring with white flowers with pink centers; glows in late summer’s dark purple/black berries and sizzles in autumn with bright red leaves in autumn. Although the berries are very tart to humans, birds and other wildlife love them.  Zones 3-9.

Light: Part sun to full sun

Soil: Well drained soil with moderate moisture

Size: 12″ – 2 ft. tall x 18″ – 2 ft. wide

Blooms: Covers the shrub in hundreds of dainty white flowers with pink pollen centers.

Why we like it:

  • Low growing, mounded habit
  • Thrives in extremes… cold to hot climates; wet or dry soils; sun to part shade.
  • Low maintenance shrub-tough and durable.
  • Pollinator-friendly
  • Dark purple fruit and brilliant red fall foliage

Uses: A native shrub that forms sizable colonies and is excellent for naturalistic landscaping. Best in borders, edging, groundcover or as a lawn substitute. 

 

Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus nigra): This big and bold shrub boasts lots of lacy black foliage all season with clusters of pink and white flowers in early summer followed by black berries* in early fall. Zones 5-7.

Light: Full sun or a bright, filtered light all day.

Soil: Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives in acid or alkaline soils.

Size: 72″ – 96″ tall x 72″ – 96″ wide

Blooms: Lacy, pink and white flowers in early summer.

Why we like it:

  • The finely cut and dramatic purple/black foliage is similar to Japanese Maple leaf shapes.
  • Thrives in wet soil but will tolerate dry soil.
  • Pollinator-friendly black berries

Uses: Border plant, container, landscape, specimen or focal point

 

*NOTE: To produce berries, you’ll need a ‘Black Beauty’, ‘Instant Karma’ or ‘Laced Up’ elderberry as a pollinator.

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