When choosing and planting ornamental shrubs, it is necessary to take into account their ability to adapt to our climate.
Consider those of them that have proven to be both functionality, beauty, and unpretentious care.
The cotoneaster is considered the luminary of hedging. This plant transforms from green in summer with fragrant small pink or white flowers to purple crimson with red or black fruits in autumn. Non-poisonous fruits attract birds. The cotoneaster easily takes any shape, the simplest of which is a ball.
Small simple glossy leaves do not fall until late autumn. When the time of leaf fall transforms them too, they will resemble wicker sculptures.
Long-lasting and unpretentious, drought-resistant and frost-resistant, barberry is able to turn from a sprawling young shrub into an impassable barrier with thorny thorns in a couple of years.
Live green hedges, specimen plantings, group locations - barberry is good in any position.
Responsive to haircuts, it is a wonderful shrub for topiary art. In May, the barberry is dotted with clusters of small yellow flowers among bright green, variegated or glossy yellow foliage. Bunches of red berries formed after flowering adorn the branches of the plant until next spring.
April is the month when forsythia blooms ahead of other shrubs. Flowering precedes leaf blooming. Early bright yellow flowers delight the eye no less than a lush bloom in summer.
Young shoots of forsythia are sandy yellow, and the leaves are juicy green. An adult bush reaches a height of 1.7-2.5 m. The whim of forsythia is a dislike for northern winds, so the shrub should be planted on the south side.
The hollow stems of this plant were used to make shanks - rods on which a smoking pipe is placed. Hence its name. Indispensable for shady corners of the garden, he also loves sunny places.
In June, the mock-orange blooms with snow-white flowers - double or resembling parachutes, depending on the variety, of which there are many. There are high and low varieties with different flowering times. The shrub is unpretentious, frost-resistant and loves pruning.
Derain white grows well in partial shade and shade near walls and fences, under trees.
Its variegated foliage and brightly colored shoots coexist well with conifers without imposing special requirements on the soil. It can be heavy loam, light sandstone, or rocky areas. He feels at ease near a pond or frequently watered plants and loves two or three haircuts per season.
This is a true decoration of the plots - an unpretentious graceful shrub with abundant fruits, which are tied in September and are able to hold out until spring.
The shoots of this shrub are thin, upright or slightly hanging. The offspring of the snowberry can form thickets up to several meters in diameter.
Spirea seems to be covered with snow during flowering, which, depending on the variety, pleases the eye from the second half of May to the end of June. This plant deserves to be located in the front part of the garden along the main path.
Japanese spirea blooms with pink flowers and adores the neighborhood with blue irises and pink tulips of late varieties. Nearby, you can plant a goldflame spirea with yellow leaves and orange young shoots.
Budley is perfect for July compositions. Its reddish-lilac and dark purple inflorescences, collected in a brush, are fragrant and attract butterflies.
This shrub will make its location exotic, inhabited by beautiful butterflies.
Budleya is not capricious. Her requirements are warm sunny places, pruning shoots and shelter with spruce branches for the winter.
Rhododendron is the king of evergreen shrubs, loving to have conifers in his suite due to its adherence to acidic soils. Feels good in lace partial shade.
Depending on the species, it has white, pastel pink, light lilac or pink-purple flowers with leathery leaves that range from large, elephant-ear-like to exquisite pointed, round and heart-shaped. The color of the foliage can have a metallic sheen, a tinge of rust or a dusty rose.
Among rhododendrons there are tall, spreading trees, and rounded bushes, and ground cover alpine plants, undersized dwarfs and epiphytes - extremely hardy species. For the winter, the rhododendron requires snow cover from frost and injury.
Recently, it has become fashionable to create compositions from willows. They do not have a variegated color, they are only green: warm or cold tones.
There is an exception - the Hakuro-nishiki variety with creamy white leaves. Their advantage lies in a dense, rounded or weeping crown.
In April-May, along with the blossoming leaves, fluffy inflorescences-earrings appear on the willow shoots. Moisture-loving willows look great near reservoirs, as they love water very much.