Multiseason must-haves for your garden
Sure, many shrubs have stunning flowers in spring, fall or summer—some even bloom throughout more than one season. But that doesn’t have to be the only or main reason you choose which ones to plant. In fact, it may be better if it’s not. The more unique traits a shrub has, the better it will look in the landscape, whether it’s a focal point or part of a big grouping.
Choose shrubs with unique traits
What’s a unique trait? Start with the foliage. Look for foliage that changes colors throughout the year. But don’t stop there — select shrubs with glossy, textured or uniquely shaped leaves, too. If you want to draw birds to your yard through fall and winter, go with shrubs that form berries. No matter how stunning they are, blooms fade, so you should be able to rely on a shrub for its other great characteristics. And if you just can’t get enough of a shrub’s flowers, find a rebloomer. With some deadheading, you can have more than one flush of flowers.
The five shrubs here offer tons of year-round interest — look for these, or others that rebloom or have interesting foliage — the next time you’re at the garden center.