What Shrubs Should I Plant in Front of My House?


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There are different shrubs that are best for a home, depending on the geographical area. The Oakleaf hydrangea is native to Georgia, Florida and Mississippi; the Fountain butterfly bush does well in the Rocky Mountain and Plains states; the Korean spice viburnum thrives in the Great Plains, northwestern and midwestern states; and the black chokeberry thrives in Southern Canada and the eastern United States.

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What Shrubs Should I Plant in Front of My House?
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The oakleaf hydrangea is an all-seasons shrub that grows upright from 4 to 6 feet high. This shrub goes well with other shrubs or in groups of their own. The oakleaf hydrangea needs moist and well-drained soil and at least partial shade to thrive.

The fountain butterfly bush can grow to 10 feet in width and serves well as an accent plant. It blooms lilac flower clusters and needs well-drained soil and ample sun exposure.

The Korean spice viburnum reaches 4 to 8 feet high with branches that spread out to 8 feet. These branches bloom fragrant white flowers with pink buds in the spring with blue-back fruit in the summer. These plants need well-drained soil with a slight acid content and full to partial shade, which makes placement near entryways ideal.

The black chokeberry shrub is best used as a background planting for other shrubs, does not need much water and is tolerant to extreme weather and soil. This shrub grows to 3 to 5 feet and blooms with white to pinkish flowers that turn red to purple in the fall.

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