Most people think of bushes as things which are just there.
And that’s actually the furthest thing from the truth.
In reality, bushes can play a big part of your landscape design plans and can provide a sense of order and structure to your outdoor living space.
Whether you’re planning your landscaping around existing bushes, or are looking to incorporate new shrubs into your garden, bushes have a variety of uses and functions.
Line a walkway or your swimming pool
For a swimming pool, bushes can also create extra security, privacy and intimacy.
Create a shrub garden
Wait, gardens are for plants and flowers, right?
Yes they are. But they can also be used for other things – including shrubs and bushes.
If you have a small space in your backyard you want to full, a small shrub garden is the perfect option.
Some tiny – but lovely – bushes include:
As a central focal point
A bush or shrub strategically located can be a central focal point for your backyard landscaping or outdoor living space.
From here, you can surround it with:
- Garden benches
- Natural stone and interlocking pathways leading to and from it
- Various garden areas (like a fire pit or children’s play area)
Espalier with it
Espalier (as a verb) means to train a shrub so that it can grow up against a flat wall.
Now, this isn’t something that can be done in a few weeks. To espalier properly, it may take up to two years with ongoing care and maintenance.
Here are the basics on how to espalier:
- Plan a pattern: This could be something as simple as a star, or something more complex and custom
- Choose a location: A solid wall with enough light and room to plant should suffice
- Select the plant: A shrub that features naturally spreading branches will work best
- Prepare the support: Branches will naturally try to grow towards the sun, so you’ll need to install wires in the design you want that can withstand the branches’ pull towards the sun
- Plant the shrub: Plant it about one foot in front of the wall support you’ve built
- Train the branches: Remove all but two shoots on each branch and attach the remaining shoots to the wire support with soft ties
It takes time and patience to properly espalier a shrub.
But the results are simply spectacular.
Do more with your bushes
Bushes don’t have to be an afterthought when it comes to your garden. With proper planning and care, they can have a starring role.
And we can help.
All you need to do is contact us and tell us what you have in mind. From there, one of our design experts will get back to you and gladly answer all your landscaping questions.