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.

Hydrangeas blooming planted outside of house on eastern side

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What Side of Your House Should You Plant Hydrangeas?

Trying to figure out what side of the house to plant your hydrangeas this season? Depending on where you plant them, plant placement can make or break your plants. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago looks at the sides of your house that get the best type of sun exposure for hydrangeas.

Pink and Purple Hydrangeas Blooming in Garden

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11 Hydrangea Care Myths Gardeners Shouldn’t Ignore

Are you confused by some of the gardening advice you get each season with your hydrangeas? In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago takes you through some of the most common hydrangea care myths you'll encounter while growing them in your garden.

Limelight hydrangea blooming in spring with white flowers

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Limelight Hydrangeas

Limelight hydrangeas can make a wonderful addition to any garden. These beautiful shrubs grow quite tall with beautiful blooms. Because they are panicles, they are also surprisingly heat and sun tolerant. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines how to successfully grow Limelight hydrangeas and provide them with proper care.

Hydrangea plants covered in snow during a cold snap

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Can Hydrangeas Survive a Cold Winter Freeze?

Did your hydrangea go through a nasty winter freeze this season? If so, you are likely wondering what kind of damage you'll be dealing with as spring approaches. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines what you can expect if your hydrangeas went through a significant bout of cold weather.

rhododendron varieties

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21 Stunning Rhododendron Varieties For Your Garden

Looking for some types of Rhododendrons to add to your garden this season, but aren't sure which to pick? 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 best rhodoendron varieties you can add to your garden, with names and pictures of each!

viburnum

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Viburnum Shrubs

Viburnums are a shrubby plant that can make a hardy addition to any garden space. Once established, they are fairly low-maintenance, and can grow across several hardiness zones. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago shares her experience with viburnums and all aspects of their care.

Pink blooming dwarf rhododendron growing in garden with green foliage at base of plant.

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11 Dwarf Rhododendron Varieties For Compact Garden Spaces

Are you looking for a more compact rhododendron to add to your home landscape? There are many different dwarf rhododendrons that will fit this criteria, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a deeper look at her favorite dwarf rhododendrons, with names and pictures of each!

azalea varieties

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35 Different Types of Flowering Azalea Varieties

Are you thinking of adding some flowering azaleas to your garden this season? There are many different types of azaleas, with different growing profiles and bloom times. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a deeper look at some of the top varieties you can add to your garden this season!

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.