Shrubs are the undisputed MVP in the garden and landscape. They provide the structure around which we plant perennials, annuals, and even trees.
A shrub (occasionally referred to as a bush) is defined as a woody plant that is smaller than a tree and features several stems at or near ground level. There is a lot of variation in shrubs, with some staying compact and small while others can reach some pretty incredible heights. As a whole, shrubs can be divided into 2 distinct types: Evergreen and Deciduous.
A Deciduous shrub is s plant that loses its leaves in the winter. Unlike perennials, these shrubs do not fully die back. Instead, their branches remain and produce new leaves as soon as temperatures begin to warm up in spring. Due to this lack of winter foliage, many people think there’s no place for them in the garden. They couldn’t be more wrong!
A point that is often overlooked is the interest and color these shrubs create during the warmer months. Many of these shrubs bloom and are favorite additions to gardens. Hydrangeas, Lilacs, Butterfly Bush, and even Roses are all deciduous shrubs.
Even ones that don’t bloom can still add impact to your landscaping. Barberries feature brightly colored foliage in colors like purple, red, and orange. Beautyberry and Pyracantha produce tons of vibrant berries in the fall. Redtwig Dogwoods are a unique plant that creates interest because they are deciduous. After their leaves have fallen, striking red stems are revealed that pop in the muted colors of winter.
All in all, there’s a lot to love about these shrubs and a place for them in every garden and landscape. Listed below are some of the varieties we carry, however, plants listed may not be available at all times.
Deciduous Shrubs for Sun
These shrubs do best in at least six hours of sunlight per day. While most can tolerate lower light levels, they may not bloom as profusely or produce their vibrant foliage. Ideally, they should be planted in no less than four hours of sun per day. Plants marked with a * can be both Evergreen and Deciduous.
Crape Myrtle (Shrub Form)
Rose of Sharon
Deciduous Shrubs for Shade and Part Shade
These are shrubs that do best in low light, ideally less than 5 hours a day. They do well when planted underneath trees and other large objects that can block light. However, most will still need at least some sun each day. Plants marked with a * can be both Evergreen and Deciduous.
Looking for plants to attract butterflies or don’t mind drought? Check out our deciduous shrub recommendations for the following.
- Pollinator Gardens
- Deer Resistant Plants
- Native Plants
- Plants for Coastal Areas
- Drought Tolerant Plants
- Plants for Rain Gardens
- Rabbit Resistant Plants
- Plants for Attracting Birds
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