Category: Shrubs

Spirea

Posted by shane - February 11, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Spiraea japonica cvs. Spiraea trilobata (3-Lobed Spirea) Spiraea x ‘Arguta’ (Dwarf Garland Spirea) Spiraea x bumalda cvs. There are many Prairie-hardy varieties of spirea, and it is one of the most common ornamental shrubs in Alberta, often planted with potentilla, barberry, and juniper.  There are early-flowering white varieties, and many late-flowering summer varieties, with varied […]

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Potentilla

Posted by shane - February 9, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Potentilla fruticosa cvs. This native plant is one of the most commonly planted shrubs in Alberta. Flower colour ranges from yellow (most common), to white, pink, and orange.  It is drought-tolerant and will survive inhospitable planting sites.  It is commonly planted in dusty commercial parking lots and boulevards, or found mingling among the cigarette butts along […]

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Ninebark

Posted by shane - January 8, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Physocarpus opulifolius This is probably among the top five commonly planted shrubs in Alberta.  A healthy ninebark makes a nice accent in a shrub bed, and different cultivars offer a variety of foliage colours, from amber to purple to greenish-gold.  One of the nicest formal hedges I have seen was a hand-sheared golden ninebark hedge.  I […]

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Purple-leaf Sandcherry

Posted by shane - January 7, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Prunus x cistena This is one of the most commonly planted shrubs in Alberta.  It is used for its nice-looking maroon-coloured foliage, but it is one of the least hardy shrubs you can plant in our region.  It frequently dies back hard over winter, and doesn’t start looking “good” again until mid-summer.  We don’t use this […]

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Common Lilac

Posted by shane - January 7, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Syringa vulgaris This is one of my favourite shrubs, despite its propensity for suckering and potential for high-maintenance. Common lilacs are ubiquitous, rock-solid hardy, insect and disease resistant, supremely drought-tolerant, and essentially bomb-proof.  Actually, if someone let off some explosives on a lilac, I’m sure it would happily “sucker back” the next year and create […]

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Haskap (Honeyberry)

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Lonicera caerulea kam. cultivars We try to include a haskap into most of our designs.  They aren’t particularly ornamental, but everybody tends to enjoy the tangy blue fruits as they wander around their garden in June. Haskap are edible honeysuckles, with a flavour similar to blue huckleberry on the BC coast.  They come in several […]

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Globe Spruce

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Picea pungens glauca ‘Globosa’ Globe spruce is a nice accent plant if properly placed in the shrub bed.  The nursery says it will grow to 4′ x 4′ but my experience is that it can get larger than this. Allow enough space in the garden so you can avoid over-pruning this shrub. Exposure Full sun […]

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Forsythia

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Forsythia ‘Northern Gold’ Forsythia x intermedia ‘Flojor’ Forsythia was named after William Forsyth (d. 1804), the Scottish botanist and horticulturist.  I don’t commonly encounter this plant, but it is easy to spot because it’s the first flowering shrub in Spring. The yellow flowers are definitely a nice sight after 6 months of winter, and I […]

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False Spirea

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Sorbaria sorbifolia I beg you not to use this plant in your garden unless you like a lot of work.  It is highly invasive and will take over everything in your shrub bed given enough time.  False spirea is a pretty plant, with attractive compound foliage and large plumes of white flowers.  It also thrives […]

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Mugo Pine

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Pinus mugo & varieties Mugo pine is among the most commonly planted coniferous shrubs. It is also one of the hardiest and most reliable.  We use several different varieties in our landscape designs, and most recently we’ve been playing around with columnar mugo pine, a narrow, upright variety with very compact foliage.  I never gave […]

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