If you’re blessed with a bright, sunny yard, you’re in luck—many shrubs love, love, love full sun. While evergreen shrubs can offer year-round interest, flowering shrubs attract pollinators and provide food and shelter to wildlife. Round out your garden by planting both types for year-round interest.
Shrubs also offer structure and form to your garden, and they can provide privacy and make a space feel more defined as an outdoor room. Plus, shrubs live for years and years if they have the right conditions, so they’re a great long-term investment for your garden.
When shopping, read the plant tag or description to check if the shrub will survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). You’ll also want to consider the shrub’s mature size, and plant it where it has space to grow. It might not look like much now in its quart or gallon-sized pot, but you don’t want to create a maintenance nightmare in a few years because it’s crowding other plants, needing constant trims, or covering up windows.