More in Outdoors
The shrubs will be set against five evergreens. This example uses the spartan juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan'). These are cold-hardy plants. They will be placed 4 to 5 feet apart. This spacing will allow a pattern of dark and light in the garden’s background.
With the junipers in place, the highest-tiered shrubs come in to play. Super red flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica 'Moned') is probably the first bloomer you’ll see in early spring. For a tidy appearance, shear flowering quince annually to shape. Evergreen shrubs should be pruned in early spring or fall.
Add another garden shrub, eastern snowball (Viburnum opulus 'Sterile'). These white snowball-like flowers make a showy display in summer. These will grow up to 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
Add some butterfly bushes. The pink delight butterfly bush (Buddleja dayidii 'Pink Delight') will grow 8 to 10 feet tall (Image 1). In winter, they will freeze and grow back in the spring. The harlequin butterfly bush (Buddleija davidii 'Harlequin') gives the illusion of light in a darker corner of the garden (Image 2).