In this section of HomeTips, we will give you the DIY help you need for making smart choices about shrubs, hedges, and trees. In addition, we will guide you step-by-step through planning, choosing, planting, and caring for those trees, hedges, and shrubs that are the perfect choices for your yard.
Trees, hedges, and shrubs are the landscape elements that give a yard living structure. They provide backdrops, texture, privacy, shade, color, and more.
Of course, each of these have differing specific jobs to do.
Trees, for example, provide focal points for garden views and serve as anchors for surrounding shrubs and plants. They also throw shade where it’s needed, if planned properly.
Shrubs provide lower, dense landscaping. They visually fill-in gaps and large areas with foliage and/or greenery. Those that include flowers add color. Usually established in front of trees but behind flowers, they provide a medium-height backdrop for ground-level flowers and plantings.
Because they are dense, shrubs also can hide less-than-pleasant views, enhance privacy, dampen noise, and allow a haven for wildlife.
Hedges are very similar to shrubs, but play a more structured role. Many are trimmed and shaped to provide a more finished or formal affect.
Choosing the right trees and shrubs for your yard is a process that takes into account a number of factors, including the look you’re trying to achieve, sun and water conditions, and more. In the sections listed and linked below, you’ll find all of the information you need to plan, choose, plant, and care for shrubs, hedges, and trees.