Evergreen shrubs bring a winter landscape to life. When the snow falls, take time to notice plantings around you, noting evergreen forms that you like. A mix of needle types and broadleaf evergreens creates a striking winter scene that also looks good in other seasons.
Clematis has a shrubby side, where stems grow upright instead of twining and vining. ‘Stand By Me’ clematis features a shrub form that doesn’t need a trellis, although it may benefit from a little support. The blue blooms dangle like bells, opening from late spring through midsummer. Flowers fade to form fuzzy seedheads that are eye-catching and fun. Plants grow 34 to 38 inches tall by 24 to 28 inches wide. Cut stems back in early spring to 6 inches tall. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Design Tip: do not be scared of planting English Roses close to the edge of the path or seat where they may spill over. Their proximity makes it all the better for appreciating the beautiful flowers and delicious fragrances. Michael Marriott, technical manager and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses.
A well-manicured lawn allows for unobstructed views of a sitting area in the distance. At the same time, a variety of palm trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses ensure that the garden is rich with vegetation and visual interest.
Discover the shrubby side of clematis with this upright version of the classic vine. ‘Stand By Me’ grows to a shrub-like form that doesn’t need a trellis like a traditional vining clematis, although it does benefit from a little support. This clematis features beautiful blue blooms that dangle like bells and open from late spring through midsummer. After flowers fade, they form fuzzy seedheads that are eye-catching and fun. Plants grow 34 to 38 inches tall by 24 to 28 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. ‘Stand By Me’ clematis belongs to Pruning Group 3.
If you think you know butterfly bush, think again. ‘Blue Chip Jr.’ has outstanding qualities, including fragrance, continuous blooming without deadheading, non-invasive and drought tolerant. Of course, it also attracts butterflies by the dozens. It grows to a tidy 18 to 30 inches tall and wide—a perfect size for edging a bed or walkway. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Called “summer lilac” in Oregon and Washington, where it is approved for sale.
Japanese beetles love the soft tissue of flower petals, whether it’s butterfly bush, roses or purple coneflower. These eating machines can destroy beautiful blooms, turning pretty petals into raggedy, rotting messes. To get a handle on Japanese beetles, knock individual bugs into soapy water. They lay eggs in moist lawns, so cut back watering from late June to late July, when beetles are mating (check with your local extension office for precise timing for your area). Don’t hang Japanese beetle traps—they’ll only lure more beetles to your yard than you already have. Use caution with systemic pesticides, which you water into soil for roots to absorb and move through an entire plant. If the active ingredient is imidacloprid, this chemical has been implicated in bee colony collapse disorder.
As soon as they step through those double doors, the owners leave the desert behind and enter a gorgeous European garden. With blooming perennials and bushes all along the side of the house, they'll have no problem stopping to smell the roses.