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How To Arrange Flowering Shrubs

Learn about the best way to plant shrubs for a lovely front yard.

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shrubs set against evergreens
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Set the Evergreens

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.

Step 2: Place the Highest Shrubs

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.

super red flowering quince is first to see bloom

Step 3: Add the Next Layer

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.

eastern snowball makes showy display in summer

Step 4: Plant the Final Shrubs

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).