It’s still early in 2022, but one gardening trend is already started to emerge: rounded shrubs. Maybe it’s because they keep their attractive shapes without any pruning or help from you. Or maybe they’re so popular because, well, let’s just say it: They’re adorable. Most round shrubs also are evergreen types, so they offer year-round structure and beauty to the landscape. They work equally well as garden accents, foundation plantings or when grouped together in a mixed border. Some can be planted in containers, too, as accents on a patio, deck or balcony.
When planting any shrub, make sure you choose the right location in your yard. Most shrubs need part to full sun, which is 3 to 6 or more hours per day, though a few varieties tolerate mostly shade. Also, make sure they can survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). Then read the tag to identify their mature size so you can plant them where they won’t crowd too close to your house or other plants. After all, you don’t want to be forced to prune them and destroy their handsome rounded shapes.
It’s also important to know that some rounded shrubs have a tough time in heavy snows, so you occasionally may need to (gently) brush off snow to prevent them from being crushed after a storm. If you had a particularly tough winter, be patient and give your round shrubs a few months to rebound in spring if they’re looking a little smashed. Most will bounce back in time.