Caring for shrubs is easy unless you decide to put a shrub in a place where it will outgrow its space. Then you have to prune it back every year to keep it from taking over the space.
Caring for shrubs is easy unless you put it in the wrong place in terms of light. A shrub wanting full sun will not thrive in part shade or worse in full shade. It will always be the plant with the most problems with pest insects and diseases.
Caring for shrubs is easy if you mulch around them with 3 to 4 inches of organic material. Those plants will need little water, no fertilizer after a few years, and will have few or no insect or disease problems.
Do it right and caring for shrubs is easy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SHRUBS
Can I grow shrubs and/or perennials in a container?
Certainly – just keep in mind that perennials may not bloom the first year, and shrubs may take two or three years to start flowering. Also, if they are being grown in an area where temperatures dip below freezing for extended periods, the pots will have to be moved under cover for the winter; we recommend storing them in a cold but frost free area, in dim light; with occasional attention to watering. Annuals will provide almost instant color, and there is no need to worry about over wintering them, so they are usually a better choice for a container in colder climates.
Protecting Shrubs In Winter
We now have a range of shrub protection products in Yardener's Toolshed; click here
Last week I discussed tree limb breakage from high winds in the winter. Winds present another serious danger to many landscape plants. A shrub or small tree that is exposed for more than a short period to high winds will lose its water faster than it can replace it during the winter season. It can actually die of thirst.