Thorny bushes include buckthorn, poncirus, firethorn, hawthorn, brambles and roses. Though many gardeners would like to avoid thorny bushes in their gardens, many of them are worth the occasional prickle, either because they bear delicious fruit, beautiful flowers or autumn foliage. Indeed, some strategically placed thorny bushes can add to a home's security.Continue Reading
Roses have been around since antiquity, and rose lovers do endure the most vicious thorns to enjoy this bush's flowers, which often come with a pleasant scent. Rose bushes not only produce flowers but fruit called hips. Hips can be made into jams and jellies and are high in vitamin C. Rose petals are also distilled to make the costly and sought-after attar of roses.
The more prosaic Poncirus is a member of the citrus family. In the spring, it produces sweet-smelling white flowers; in the fall, it produces little oranges that are just about edible. Many gardeners leave them on the tree as natural ornaments.
Firethorn, or pyracantha, is a shrub that can grow from between four and 16 feet tall. It is a semi-evergreen plant that produces white flowers in the spring and red-orange berries in the fall that hang on well into winter.Learn more about Trees & Bushes
Blueberry bushes should be trimmed or pruned in the winter season when they are dormant. Canes that are over seven years old should be pruned first, as they will be less productive than newer canes.Full Answer >
Prune a rose bush by choosing the right time, removing damaged and dead branches, trimming off weak branches, pruning away suckers and shaping the remaining branches. The timing and particulars of this project depends on the type of rose bush that needs to be pruned. You need pruning shears.Full Answer >
Plant lilacs in either the spring or the fall. The fall is the preferred time to plant them, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Plant lilacs in a site where they receive at least six hours of sunlight per day.Full Answer >
Yew bushes are large, coniferous shrubs with fine needles that are usually dark green in color. Yew bushes are native to Japan, Korea, northeast China and southeast Russia.Full Answer >