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.

dwarf azaleas

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15 Dwarf Azalea Varieties For Compact Planting Spaces

Are you thinking of planting some Azaleas this season, but aren't quite sure if you have the space? You are in luck! There are plenty of dwarf Azaleas you can grow that keep a more compact growing profile. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a look at her favorite compact Azalea varieties you can add to your garden this season!

Purple Blooming Fertilized Hydrangeas in Garden With Green Foliage

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How and When to Fertilize Hydrangeas For Brighter Blooms

Not sure when or how to fertilize your hydrangeas? While the fertilization process is straightforward, there is some basic information that's important to know. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through the best times of year to fertilize your hydrangeas, and how to do it by following a few simple steps!

hydrangea serrata

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Hydrangea Serrata

Hydrangea serrata is also known as 'Mountain Hydrangea" and slightly less common than more well known hydrangea species. But that doesn't make their blooms any less beautiful! In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through everything you need to know about hydrangea serrata, including planting, care, maintenance, and more!

Camellias sun or shade

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Do Camellias Like Full Sun, Partial Shade or Full Shade?

Adding some camellias to your garden but aren't sure how much sun they need to flourish? These popular shrubs can survive in a variety of different conditions, but proper planning can ensure they thrive. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss looks at how much sun camellias need for optimal blooms.

privacy hedges

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27 Flowering Shrubs That Make Beautiful Privacy Hedges

Are you looking for a flowering plant that can act as a privacy hedge? There are a number of different plants you can choose from! In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen takes a deeper look at her favorite flowering shrubs that can make beautiful privacy hedges in your yard or garden space.

A close up picture of 'Early Blue' hydrangea in the garden. Up close you can see five flower heads in full season with bright blooms, some tinted with lavender hues.

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11 Reasons You’ll Love ‘Early Blue’ Hydrangeas

If you are thinking of planting 'Early Blue' hydrangea this season, you've come to the right place! There are many reasons to love this low-maintenance variety, especially with its beautiful blue blooms. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through why she loves this popular hydrangea variety, and thinks you will too!

when do camellias bloom

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When Do Camellias Bloom Each Season?

If you've planted camellias, then you know there's nothing more exciting than watching their beautiful and prolific blooms. But when do they start blooming in the season, and how long do they bloom? In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss walks through everything you need to know when it comes to camellias and their bloom schedule.

A close up of an azalea with purple flowers blooming in a sunny garden. There are about twenty lavender blooms coming from one single shrub.

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11 Purple Azalea Varieties For Beautiful Garden Color

Are you thinking of adding some purple azaleas to your garden this season but aren't quite sure where to start? These popular shrubs come in many shades of purple, and can add plenty of color to your garden this season. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago looks at her favorite varieties of azaleas that sport beautiful purple blooms!

azaleas annual or perennial

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Are Azaleas Considered Annual, Biennial, or Perennial Shrubs?

Thinking of planting azaleas but aren't sure if they will come back each year? Azaleas are beautiful flowering shrubs, and it's important to understand about their life cycle before you start planting. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines if azaleas are classified as annual, biennial, or perennial shrubs!

Pink Azaleas growing in the garden. The flowers are bright pink, and there are about fifteen blooms in the image, with light green foliage in the background.

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When Should You Plant Flowering Azaleas?

Not sure when you should put your azaleas in the ground this season? Azaleas are beautiful flowering shrubs, but planting at the wrong time can cause a lack of blooms or even plant death. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines the best time to plant Azaleas in your garden.

red azaleas

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11 Red Azalea Varieties For Bold Garden Color

Looking for some red azaleas to add to your garden? There are many azaleas that bloom with bold red color, so it's important to find the perfect variety for your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines some of the top red azalea varieties you can grow!

A close up of the hydrangea macrophylla growing in a garden with bright purple blooms. There are three clusters of flowers on this shrub. The cluster on the right is violet with blue at the center. The cluster on the left is less mature and similar in color, but with yellow at the flower centers. The third bloom is behind them out of focus.

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Hydrangea Macrophylla

Hydrangeas are one of the most common garden shrubs. Within their species, Hydrangea Macrophylla is one of the most popular types that gardeners decide to plant. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through everything you need to know about this type of hydrangea and their care.

A hydrangea in the wintertime. The blooms have turned brown, and there is plenty of snow on top of the blooms and the foliage in the garden.

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7 Care Tips to Help Prepare Your Hydrangeas For Winter

Need to winterize your hydrangeas this season but aren't sure where to start? Winter care doesn't need to be a challenge, but it can leave many gardeners feeling a bit overwhelmed. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through seven simple steps for protecting your favorite shrubs this winter.

A camellia blooming in the shade with a flower that has white petals. A bright yellow stamen is in the center of the bloom.

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11 Shade Friendly Camellia Varieties For Shady Garden Spaces

Are you looking for some shade-friendly camellias to add to an area of your garden or yard that doesn't get as much sunlight? While most camellias can tolerate some shade, there are certain varieties that excel in it. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss walks through her favorite varieties of camellia that will thrive in the shade.

camellias

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11 Tips For Beautiful Fall Blooming Camellias This season

Camellias are a fall gardener favorite. With their colorful blooms and vividly colored flowers, these plants can make a statement in any garden. In this article, gardening expert and camellia enthusiast Melissa Strauss walks through her top tips for beautiful camellia blooms in your garden up through first frost!

butterfly bush varieties

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21 Different Butterfly Bush Varieties For Your Garden

Thinking of adding some butterfly bush to your garden this season but aren't quite sure which type to plant? There are many different varieties you can choose from, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago looks at some of the most popular varieties of butterfly bush you can grow!

camellia colors

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Camellia Colors: What Colors Do Camellias Bloom?

Thinking of adding some camellias to your garden but can't decide what color to plant? Camellias can bloom in many colors, with red being the most commonly thought of. In this article, gardening expert and camellia enthusiast Melissa Strauss looks at all the different colors camellias can bloom in.

A beautiful pink rhododendron blooming in the garden. It has bright pink flowers and subtle green foliage.

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Are Rhododendrons Annual, Biennial, or Perennial Plants?

So you've decided you want to add some rhododendrons to your garden this season, but want to know if you'll have to replant them each year before you do? In this article, we take a look at the rhododendron life cycle, and if they are considered annual, biennial, or perennial plants!