Free Landscape Garden Designs Using Shrubs

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Here are some free landscape design using shrubs. Use the designs "as is" or modify to fit your unique space
by Brett · All Zones · Landscape Gardens · 0 Comments · December 11, 2014 · 2,356 views

Free Landscape Garden Designs Using Shrubs

When it comes to creating a landscape garden plan, the most difficult thing is often the starting point. The small garden designs below were designed using various types of shrubs and then selecting companion plants that work nicely around the specific, featured shrub. You can use these designs "as is" or modify to fit your unique garden space.

IMPORTANT: Always be sure to check USDA Plant Hardiness Zones for each plant to make sure it will grow in your zone. If a plant will not grow in your zone ask your local nursery and garden center professional to recommend a comparable plant.


Fragrant Tea Olive - Osmanthus fragrans
The Fragrant Tea Olive, Osmanthus fragrans, also known as the Sweet Olive, is a large evergreen shrub or small tree that produces an abundance of powerfully fragrant flowers in fall, spordaically through winter, and earl to mid-spring. The flowers are tiny but boy do they pack a punch! All it takes is one Tea Olive to fill the front or backyard with a heavenly scent of perfume.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8a-10b / Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Part Shade


Camellia October Magic 'Inspiration' - Camellia sasanqua
October Magic® Inspiration is a fall blooming camellia that produces an abundance of gorgeous, large, double flowers with white petals that have a magenta-pink margin. The evergreen leaves of Inspiration are deep green through the year however new foliage in spring is maroon. Inspiration reaches only 6 to 8 feet tall and will be 4 to 5 feet wide.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b / Sun Exposure: 5-6 Hours of Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or All Day Light Filtered Sun


Bonanza Camellia - Camellia sasanqua 'Bonanza'
‘Bonanza’ produces the deepest fuschia-red flowers of any Camellia sasanqua. The gorgeous, double, "peony-form" flowers are produced in abundance over a long blooming period: from fall to mid-winter, depending on the weather. For a sasanqua, which usually have smaller flowers than their japonica cousins, the flowers are quite large (2-3 inches). Elliptical, dark green, glossy leaves with toothed margins are held on thin stems alternately. Bonanza reaches only 5-6 feet tall with an equal spread.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b / Sun Exposure: 5-6 Hours of Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or All Day Light Filtered Sun


'Liberty' Holly - Ilex x 'Conty'
Another fine selection from the Southern Living Collection, without a doubt, the Liberty Holly is one of if not the most attractive of the evergreen tall hollies to ever come on the market. Liberty forms a dense, pyramidal, evergreen shrub with lustrous, dark green foliage. If Liberty Holly had no other characteristics these would be enough to recommend it. But of course, being a holly, in late fall the branches are smothered in bright scarlet berries that contrast strikingly with the deep green foliage. And, best of all, these berries persist into winter and boughs can be used for Christmas decorations.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b / Sun Exposure: Full to Mostly Sun. 6 hours or more of direct sunlight is best.


'Double Feature' Crape Myrtle - Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IX'
Double Feature® Crape Myrtle is a sterile hybrid that produces no seed capsules. As a result, from June to September, the plant has a constant flower show. So, Double Feature® is a classic in that if you liked the first flower show in late spring, just watch and Double Feature® will play it again and again all season long! It is a semi-dwarf crape myrtle, which means its smaller size will fit perfectly in smaller spaces. The parent plant, at age eight years was 5 ½ feet tall and 5 ½ feet in diameter as a dense perfect ball, yet the plant had never been pruned. Mature height is anticipated to be about eight feet, which will allow for a limbing up to form a small tree.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b / Sun Exposure: Full to Mostly Sun. 6 hours or more of direct sunlight is best.


'Yuletide' Camellia - Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'
One of the most popular camellias of all time...and for good reason. 'Yultide' got its name because it is often seen in bloom around Christmas time. But it's also the longest blooming of all camellias. The bright-red single flowers with yellow stamens begin appearing much earlier in fall (as early as September) and continue blooming through Christmas (during more mild winters). Elliptical, dark green, glossy leaves with toothed margins are held on thin stems alternately. Yuletide reaches about 8 to 10 feet in height with a spread of 6 to 8 feet.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b / Sun Exposure: 5-6 Hours of Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or All Day Light Filtered Sun




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