Our plant experts at Tex-Scapes Nursery and Garden Center understand what it takes to grow beautiful, healthy shrubs in North Texas. We are here to help you make knowledgeable choices when it comes to picking out shrubs for your lawn and landscape. Whether you have one spot to fill in your lawn, or you're starting a whole new xeriscape garden, we can help you choose shrubs to add color and texture to your landscape. Tex-Scapes is a local, family-owned business, so our down-home Texas know-how comes straight from our family to yours. We love to give out great landscaping advice to anyone who stops into the garden center in Ennis, Texas.
Shrubs fall into three general categories. Learn a little more about the different kinds of shrubs before you choose one for your home.
Sun-loving shrubs thrive under the hot Texas sun! Many of them have showy, fragrant flowers. Some can be pruned and used for hedges, while others might be better used as specimen plants, grown for ornamentation. They do require lots of water, so if you plant these make sure you have the time to take care of them.
Two examples of sun-loving shrubs that grow well in Texas include:
- Loropetalum, an evergreen which bears purple, fringe-like blooms in spring.
- Ligustrum, a dense evergreen with glossy green oval leaves and clusters of white, fragrant flowers in spring.
In general, shade-loving shrubs require less water than the sun-loving shrubs, but they still do need a steady supply. You don't want to let them dry out. These shrubs may react negatively to prolonged exposure to the sun.
Here are some fine examples of shade-loving shrubs that we sell at our Garden Center:
- Azaleas, a versatile shrub with an abundance of bright flowers in many color varieties. The flowers re-bloom throughout the growing season.
- Hydrangeas, another versatile shrub with large, elegant blooms and a range of different varieties.
- Boxwood, an evergreen that can be used in hedges, edgers, topiary, or containers. They add structure to a landscape and can be clipped into different shapes.
- Pittosporum, an evergreen that can either be trimmed to make a tidy hedge or left alone to grow tall and create an interesting specimen shrub.
You have to love a shrub that can survive a Texas-sized drought! Most of these varieties will also fall under the sun-loving shrub category. They can handle the sun, plus they don't need to be watered much. Please Note: these varieties are resistant to droughts once they are established. It takes effort, more water, and sun exposure to get drought-tolerant shrubs established.
We sell plenty of these easy-to-maintain shrubs at our Garden Center. Here are some great examples:
- Texas Sage, a Texas native plant with silvery foliage and lavender flowers. It works well as an accent plant, foundation planting, and hedges. Grow it tall, or prune it to look like a miniature tree.
- Roses, especially the Knockout and Drift varieties. Drift is a compact, spreading plant that comes in a variety of colors and mixes well with other native plants. Knockout roses are hardy, fast-growing, compact shrub which blooms throughout the growing season.
- Abilia, a graceful, arching shrub with glossy foliage and bell-shaped white flowers. This shrub can be planted in full sun or partial shade. It works well as a hedge, barrier, or specimen shrub.
- Holly, a faithful, hearty plant that grows bright berries, and will attract wildlife to your landscape. We sell several varieties to add structure and color to your lawn.
- Nandinas, hardy shrubs that grow in a lace-like pattern. Many of them have bright, beautiful colors in spring or fall. They are resistant to most pests and diseases. We sell several varieties, including lemon-lime, firepower, compact, obsession, and gulf stream.
- Indian Hawthorne, an evergreen with fragrant pink or white flowers in spring and blueberries in summer. It is a relatively small shrub and doesn't require much pruning.
- Juniper, a versatile, hardy shrub that comes in many different varieties. The sea-green variety is more compact and shrub-like, while the blue point variety is taller and more upright. Use these for many different purposes including specimen shrub, hedges, and windbreaks.
- Yucca, a Texas native evergreen succulent shrub with sword-like leaves. This unique, spiky shrub can be brightly colored, which adds a nice pop of color to your landscape.
Xeriscape Your Yard Using Our Drought-Tolerant Shrubs
Are you familiar with the xeriscaping method of landscaping? This method is becoming very popular, and it's worth considering if you are setting up a new garden or landscape. Xeriscaping uses native plants, especially the types that are drought-tolerant. The word xeriscape literally means "dry landscape." In our hot Texas climate, we love to find ways to conserve water and create natural spaces that are great for the native environment. Plus, once your xeriscape garden is established, it is designed to be easy to maintain because it reduces (and sometimes eliminates) the need for extra watering. Native shrubs, such as the Texas Sage and the Yucca, work great in a xeriscape setting because they originally grew wild in Texas, which means they are pretty sure to grow well in your yard, too.
Xeriscaping is great for the DIY gardener, and our plant experts at Tex-Scapes will be right here to help you if you have any questions along the way. If you want to enjoy the advantages of a xeriscaped yard, but you don't want to do the planting yourself, allow us to design and install your landscape for you! Tex-Scapes' landscaping professionals understand what makes a xeriscape work correctly, and they do a beautiful job with the design.
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We love helping out our customers with advice, plant facts, and extra little tidbits of knowledge that will solve their gardening problems. If you have a question about shrubs, or if you're looking to buy some shrubs and you're not sure what would work best in your landscape, please swing on by our Nursery and Garden Center in Ennis, Texas. We'll be right here waiting to tell you what we know! We also invite you to visit our contact page. Whether you're looking for shrubs or some other garden supply, Tex-Scapes has you covered all year long.
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