Never use invasive species, such as bamboo, but try to mix well-behaved native and non- native species. Some imported shrubs, such as lilacs, roses, and tree peonies, have been well behaved in gardens since colonial times and have lovely flowers. So, plant a mixed repertoire of evergreen and deciduous shrubs with multi season interest and consider foliage color and texture, overall size and shape, bark, flowers, branching, scent, and fruiting characteristics.
Avoid using only one of each type of shrub, unless your garden is small, and do not line them up like soldiers. Though one can sometimes line a fence or driveway with a line of similar shrubs, using stakes and string to ensure they are perfectly straight.
In small groupings of shrubs, use odd numbers.
Always check in advance on the predicted height and width of shrubs at maturity and site requirements before purchasing items.
Group and space shrubs to ensure appropriate air circulation as the plants mature.
Always water well the whole first year after planting so that the roots get established well.
Never mulch right up to the trunk or get too close with the mower.
Check deer resistance before you buy if Bambi visits you.
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