The Complete Guide to Shrubs – How to Care for Them, Grow Them, and Harvest Them!

Do you have an abundance of space, but little green thumb skill? Do you have a green thumb skill, but no space for a full-scale garden? Are you someone who simply loves plants but have no green thumb skill? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be interested in growing shrubs. Shrubs are plants that are smaller and less demanding in terms of maintenance than a standard garden bed. They also require less space and can be grown in small spaces. If you are someone who does not have the time or space to grow a full-scale garden but loves plants, you can consider growing shrubs as your next gardening adventure.

What Are Shrubs?

Shrubs are a type of plant that grows in a dense cluster. They can be as small as six inches or as large as 12 feet, depending on the species. The easiest way to identify them is by their height and the manner in which they grow.

What Are the Different Types of Shrubs?

There are many different types of shrubs, each with their own appearance, needs, and characteristics. To help you choose the best type of shrub for your needs, below is a list of the most common types of shrubs:

* Azalea

* Barberry

* Boxwood

* Cockspur thorn

* Dogwood

* Flax-leaved cherry laurel

* Gardenia

* Honeysuckle

* Hydrangea

* Japanese spindle

* Laurel oak * Lavender cotton

Growing Shrubs

The best time to plant shrubs is in the fall so that they can grow steadily over the winter season. They can also be planted in the spring, however this might interfere with the growing cycle of other plants in your yard.

There are many varieties of shrubs you can choose from. Some popular shrubs are lilacs, azaleas, rosemary and lavender. These shrubs are more fragrant which will help fill up any open space in your yard or garden.

When planting a shrub, dig a hole deep enough for the root ball to sit at least 8 inches below ground level and ensure that it has around 6-8 inches of space all around it before filling with dirt.  The soil should then be watered well and left to settle for about 2 weeks before watering again if needed.

These plants need plenty of water on a regular basis to thrive as well as sunlight or supplemental light from somewhere else like a nearby house window or porch light near where it is planted.

Shrubs have various seasons when they bloom but typically do not require much care outside of water and sunlight after they are initially planted.

Types of Shrubs You Can Grow

There are many types of shrubs that you can grow. Some examples are;

– Rosemary: rosemary is a perennial herb that grows well in Mediterranean climates. The flowers of the plant make it great for seasoning dishes, such as lamb or fish.

– Lavender: lavender is a flowering plant that has a distinctive fragrant smell and flavor. It is used primarily in medicines and perfumes, but it also tastes great when baked with food or candied.

– Hops: hops are used to flavor beer and as an ingredient in some herbal teas. They provide a nice contrast to other plants grown for their leaves and flowers, but not for their fruits or seeds (such as raspberries).

– Blueberry: blueberries are a type of fruit that grows on shrubs. They can be harvested throughout the year and eaten raw, dried, cooked into jams, pies and more!

How to Grow Shrubs

There are many ways to grow shrubs. The first thing you will need is a planting space. A planting space can be as small as two square feet or as large as five square feet. Color, location, and look are all things to consider when deciding on the size of your planting space. Once you have chosen the size of your planting space, it is time to get started with planting! When planting shrubs, make sure they are in full sun throughout the day. Generally speaking, shrubs need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day in order to thrive and be healthy.

How to Care for Shrubs

Shrubs are not difficult to care for as they require less time, water, and attention than other plants. They do not need to be watered daily and can be grown in smaller spaces. Still, there are some important things that you need to know before starting a shrub garden of your own.

Firstly, if you live in a dry climate or it is the summertime, remember to water your shrubs every week. In the wintertime or if you live in an area with high humidity, watering your shrubs should only be done every two weeks.

Secondly, when it comes to fertilizing your shrubs, use a general purpose fertilizer once a year. It should have an NPK ratio of 10-10-10 or 12-12-12 because these ratios will help promote plant growth without being too acidic for the soil. If you want to fertilize more often than once a year (for example, in the spring and summer), use organic fertilizer that promotes plant growth like blood meal and bone meal.

Lastly but most importantly, make sure that your shrubs are planted at least 8 inches deep into the ground so they can take root properly. This way they will grow strong and healthy!

How to Harvest Your Shrubs

When it comes to harvesting your shrubs, there are two ways to do so. You can either cut the shrub at its base or you can lift it up by the root crown and shake off all of the soil. The first method is considered a clean harvest because you are cutting off all of the roots which is an important part of the plant. However, this method requires some precision on your behalf in order to get a clean cut. The second method, however, is not as clean but much easier. It’s best if you use this technique for shrubs with shallow root systems.

Each way to harvest shrubs has their benefits and drawbacks so it’s up to you to decide what works best for your garden.


After reading this post, you should have a basic understanding of shrubs and the care that is required for them. You should also know about the different types of shrubs and which type is best for your garden. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is a lot more to learn about shrubs. Hopefully this blog post was able to give you some basic information and get you excited about the idea of growing your own shrubs.

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