Shrubs & Bushes

Trying to figure out which shrubs to plant in your garden this season? In this section, we cover everything you need to know about shrubs and bushes. You'll find information on the most popular shrubs, including hydrangeas, lilacs, and rhododendrons. You'll also find our growing guides, and shrub lists with recommendations for certain hardiness zones.

cold hardy hydrangeas

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27 Cold Hardy Hydrangea Varieties For Cool Climates

Do you live in a cooler climate but really want to plant hydrangeas this season? There are actually many different varieties of hydrangea that can survive in colder hardiness zones. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines her favorite hydrangeas for areas that get some cooler weather!

lilacs blooming

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14 Tips To Keep Your Lilacs Blooming All Season

Looking to get the biggest and brightest blooms out of your lilacs this season? There are actually several things you can do to encourage the flower growth of these prolific bloomers. In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros walks through her top tips for getting the most out of your lilacs this year!

Lilacs shade or sun

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Do Lilacs Prefer Full Sun, Partial Shade, or Full Shade?

If you've decided to add lilacs to your garden this season, it's a good idea to make sure you pick a proper location where they get the perfect amount of sun to meet their needs. In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros looks at the sun needs of the lilac, and if they prefer full sun, partial shade, or full shade.

oakleaf hydrangea

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Thinking of adding some oakleaf hydrangeas to your garden this season, but aren't sure where to start? This species is a favorite amongst many gardeners, so it's important to start off on the right track if you are adding them to your garden this season. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through how to plant, grow, and care for Oakleaf Hydrangeas.

watering hydrangeas

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How Much and How Often Should You Water Hydrangeas?

Are you struggling to figure out how much or how oftern to water your hydrangeas to heep them looking great? Overwatering and underwatering hydrangeas is a common problem that's easily solved. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines how much water your hydrangeas need, and how frequently you should water them.

Hydrangea species arborescens

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Smooth Hydrangeas

Smooth hydrangeas are one of the more popular types of hydrangea grown each season. Their compact shrubby nature makes them ideal for areas where you may not want a fully grown, taller plant. In this article, coastal gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago outlines each step for planting, growing, and caring for smooth hydrangeas.

full sun lilac

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17 Different Lilac Varieties That Thrive in Full Sun

Lilacs are fantastic plants, but they are fairly notorius for their preference of the shade. But did you know there are some varieties that are a bit more sun tolerant than others? In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros walks through her favorite lilac varieties that can handle full sun conditions.

deadhead lilacs

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How to Deadhead Lilacs in 7 Simple Steps

Deadheading your lilacs can be one of the best ways to encourage their beautiful blooms. Getting the timing right on when to deadhead is important, but deadheading lilacs is a fairly straightforward process. In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros walks through 7 simple steps to deadhead your lilacs this season!

Hydrangea Kept Blue During Blooming Season

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6 Simple Steps For Keeping Your Hydrangeas Blue

Are you struggling to keep your hydrangeas blue this season? It actually all comes down to the type of hydrangea you own, and soil science. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea expert Jill Drago provides six simple steps for keeping those beautiful blue blooms!

Panicle Hydrangea in Garden

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle hydrangeas are a garden favorite for a variety of reasons. Many home gardeners enjoy their ease of care, and heat tolerance. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago takes you through how to plant, grow, and care for Panicle Hydrangeas this season.

Hydrangea in Summer

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15 Tips For Summer Hydrangea Care This Season

Caring for your hydrangeas in the heat of the summer is a bit different than spring or fall, and quite the opposite of winter. You are likely dealing with higher temperatures, and less moisture, depending on where you live. In this article, coastal gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago shares her top tips for summer hydrangea care!

pink hydrangea

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16 Pink Hydrangea Varieties With Beautiful Bright Colors

If you are thinking of adding some pink hydrangeas to your garden this year, you might be confused on which varieties will look the best. There are a number of different varieties you can choose that will flower with beautiful pink blooms! In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago lists out the most popular pink hydrangea varieties you can grow this season!

rhododendrons

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Rhododendrons

Thinking of growing some rhododendrons in your garden this season but aren't sure where to start? These beautiful shrubs can really make just about any gardening space "pop" with color! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes you through each step of planting, growing and caring for rhododendrons in your garden this season!

lilacs in containers

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14 Tips For Growing Beautiful Lilacs in Pots or Containers

If you are thinking of planting a lilac shrub in a pot or container, there are several important factors you'll need to remember for a successful planting. In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros walks through 14 of her top tips for growing lilacs in pots or containers this season!

hydrangea varieties

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71 Different Types of Hydrangea To Plant This Season

Thinking of planting some hydrangeas this season, but don't know where to start? There are many different types of hydrangea varieties you can plant in your garden. In this article, we take a look at some of our favotite hydrangea varieties, as well as the hardiness zones that they do the best in.

lilac companion plants

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Lilac Companion Plants: 13 Plants to Grow With Lilacs

Are you looking for some plants to add next to the lilacs in your garden this season? There are actually a number of different plants that will pair quite well with lilacs! In this article, certified master gardener Liz Jaros looks at her favorite plants to stick next to your lilacs this season!

dwarf hydrangea

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17 Dwarf Hydrangea Varieties You Can Plant This Season

Thinking about adding some dwarf hydrangea plants to your garden this season, but aren't quite sure which type to plant? Finding the right hydrangea tht's a bit small and more compact, can really make a difference depending on the size of your planting space. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines her favorite types of dwarf hydrangea.

drought tolerant shrubs

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17 Drought Tolerant Shrubs For Dry Climates

Looking for some shrubs that can survive with minimal access to water? Finding the best drought tolerant shrubs for your garden can be a challenge if you don't know what to look for. In this article, we take a look at our favorite bushes that can actually thrive with less moisture in dry climates!