After reading Michele's shrub posts yesterday and hearing Sydney Eddison plugging shrubs on the radio ("On Point", which also featured our Elizabeth) I have to weigh in because singing the praises of this important plant group is the centerpiece of my garden-coaching. It seems I'm always either urging people to add more of them or to prune the ones they already have – which I swear is the single most important, never-done gardening chore there is – or both.
So for further reading, check out my Five Shrubs that Fill up the Garden – that would be viburnum, weigela (pictured above), spirea, oakleaf hydrangea and hydrangea paniculata. Fast-growers that make a huge difference in the garden while requiring almost no care.
Then Time to Prune Cherry Laurels (and Azaleas, too) describes the renewal pruning that can turn overgrown, mispruned and pest-infested shrubs into healthier and far prettier versions of themselves. I've used this technique on not just cherry laurels and azaleas but also viburnums, mock oranges, weigelas, a beautybush, hydrangeas and spireas.