Shrubs are the backbone of any garden and if chosen carefully they can provide all year round interest. They are also a lot less trouble to look after than many other plants. Once established they usually require a little maintenance pruning now and then and a good feed once a year.
There is a huge variety of shrubs available, with a wide range of characteristics that can be used to suit virtually any aspect in the garden.
With shrubs you can add interest throughout the year by choosing plants that flower in different seasons. Shrubs also provide attractive leaves as well as flowers, many of which are highly scented. Deciduous shrubs provide contrasting backgrounds in summer and colour variations in autumn. Evergreen shrubs can be used to give much needed structure in the winter.
Shrubs are also very good at providing shelter and privacy and many shrubs make good hedges.
The following lists just a few of the shrubs suitable for domestic gardens in Great Britain (England/Scotland/Ireland):
Chinese witch hazel
False Caster Oil Plant
Silk tassel bush
Evergreen shrubs are of great value because they create form and shape in the garden and provide all year round interest. However, if you plant too many evergreens they can overpower the planting scheme. The ideal is to select a mixture of deciduous and evergreen shrubs to create all year round interest and provide subtle changes each month. Most flowering shrubs bloom for just a short time (around 2 to 4 weeks), after which the leaves will still form a useful backdrop. If you have a very small garden you can train certain taller shrubs to take the place of trees and provide interesting focal points.
See the full index of Shrubs for UK Gardens