Bushes add beauty to any landscape. Their full figures make landscaping look more manicured, and their protective covers attract birds for nesting. Many types of bushes and shrubs require pruning, weeding and trimming and can become quite a bother to maintain in today's hectic world. Thankfully, there are some low-maintenance bushes that can add beauty to your front-yard landscaping that require very little maintenance.
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The burning bush has a bright, fall colour and will add some vibrancy to your landscape. It is a large flat-topped shrub originally native to Asia. They can grow up to 10 feet tall and will turn a bright red in the fall, but are green-yellow in the spring. The burning bush can handle a variety of climates, soils, and sunlight hours. It's only real preference is that the soil be somewhat well drained.
The butterfly bush is a flowering shrub that blooms midsummer to fall. It gets its name from the many butterflies that come to feast on the flowers' nectar during that time. The flowers vary in colour but can show up pink, violet, blue or white. The bush can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide. While this plant does prefer full sun and moist soil, it is not particularly picky about its environment. A layer of mulch will ensure the plant gets the moisture it needs, and it only needs voluminous watering when first planting.
Holly bushes are very tolerant of varying environments and soils, but do prefer full sun. They need daily watering for the first week, but handle drought extremely well after that. Mulching will help retain moisture and even soil temperature for a healthier plant, but will live without it. Annual pruning will help keep them compact. To produce berries, you will need to plant a female and a male bush side by side. Otherwise, you can enjoy the deep evergreen colour of a holly bush year round.
The oleander bush is another type of evergreen shrub that produces fragrant flowers in the summer. Oleander flowers vary in colour from apricot, red, yellow or white. However, these flowers are poisonous if ingested. Oleander shrubs can grow up to 12 feet tall and will stand dry or marshy soils equally well; they can even be planted and thrive in partial deserts. Annual pruning may help to create a bushier effect, but otherwise this plant does very well on its own.
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- University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture: Burning Bush; Gerald Klingaman; Jan. 2008