General information on using shrubs in the landscape. Source: Nebraska Extension
Shrubs are very versatile and provide functional and visual benefits in water-wise landscape designs. Shrubs can be used for screening unsightlyviews, adding year round beauty, and as visual transitions between trees and shorter herbaceous perennials and groundcovers. Fortunately, local garden centers are increasing their inventory of native and water-wise shrubs.
Shrubs are available in vase, mounding, upright, and spreading forms. Since shrubs have great visual impact in the landscape, careful placement is necessary.
Contrasting forms provide variety, but too much variety can tire the eyes. Too many shrubs with the same form can create monotony.
Consider spring and summer bloom and leaf color as well as the powerful effects of red, yellow, and orange autumn leaf color. Leaves and bark also provide seasonal textural interest.
Always conduct a landscape inventory and analysis to identify opportunities and constraints of plant placement. Check plant tags for information such as mature size and spacing, water requirements, sun and shade requirements, USDA Hardiness Zone, and botanical name.