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Deciduous Shrubs: Tried and Trouble-free and Recommended to You!

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Deciduous Shrubs:  Tried and Trouble-free and Recommended to You!

Tried & Trouble-free (T &T) plants are those that have been selected by area plant professionals whose  experience has shown that the particular plants have done well year after year in the St. Louis area and generally are readily available in the trade. This month’s features are the Tried & Trouble-free Deciduous Shrubs.

Shrubs are defined as woody plants, which in comparison to trees, are relatively shorter in height and have multiple stems rather than a single trunk. There are some taller shrubs (usually over eight feet) that may also be referred to as small multi-stemmed trees.

Deciduous shrubs are those which annually lose their leaves sometime in the fall or early winter. As you look over the T&T list for deciduous shrubs, you will notice that many of those that received the top number of votes, not only offer beautiful flowers in the spring but colorful foliage in the fall and in many cases winter interest with fruit and/or interesting bark. Additionally, some may even have colorful foliage throughout the growing season.

One of our favorites is the spring flowering and fragrant Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’ pictured here in its full glory. Add to that its low maintenance requirements; good adaptability to various sun exposure and moisture conditions coupled with excellent fall color and you can understand why it’s one at the top of the list.

If you are contemplating planting a deciduous shrub in your landscape, why not choose one from our T & T list? Use this website’s PlantFinder pages to further research an individual plant’s features and/or its care and maintenance.

Speaking of care and maintenance, one of the questions we often get concerning flowering shrubs is when to prune them. The linked Gardening Help Q and A message will help.  Additional maintenance info for shrubs can be found on this website by typing "shrub" into the Gardening Help search box on the left side of this page.

As always, one of the best ways to make a decision on selecting plants is to view them growing here in one of the Kemper Center for Home Gardening demonstration gardens here at the Missouri Botanical Garden before you make your selection.

While visiting the gardens, stop in at the Kemper Center and ask your questions at the Plant Doctor Desk (Monday-Saturday 10-3). You can also get your gardening questions answered by calling the Horticultural Answering Service at 314-577-5143 (Monday-Friday 9-Noon).

When it comes to a deciduous shrub, why not choose a Tried & True?

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