A trip to the local nursery can feel like being a kid in a candy store, there’s so much to choose from! All of the bright colors, types of foliage, and possibilities lay before you for a beautiful landscape filled with a variety of plants and lush grass. But, on the other hand, it can also feel like having to decide between your two favorite desserts, especially when you have a yard that is only so big.
When you’re choosing some shrubs to plant in your yard, you can’t go wrong with native plants that will thrive in Washington state. But even when you are selecting native shrubs, it’s still good to know which ones will require more maintenance than the others. At Impeccable Landscapes, we can help you select the right shrub for your yard and will even help with your overall lawn care needs. We have been in the industry since 1995 and we know the area well. If you have questions about what is right for your yard, give our team a call today.
5 Shrubs to Plant in Your Pacific Northwest Garden
Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
This flowering shrub is perfect throughout the year with bright red stems that contrast against the snow or white flowers against deep green leaves in the spring. The shrub offers clusters of small white flowers and small white berries, making it a perfect home for birds in the summer. This shrub does well in nearly all sunny and shady spots, but will do very well in moist, bright areas. The shrub is also a great option on hills or streambanks if you’re worried about erosion.
Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
This evergreen shrub has a lot to offer, especially if you live in a shady spot. The plant can be somewhat difficult to get established in the ground, but once it’s settled, it becomes a great groundcover plant. Featuring thick, bright green leaves, large blue berries, and pink flowers in the spring, the low-maintenance shrub will become a favorite. A bonus with this shrub is that the stems can be used in floral arrangements or wreaths and the berries can be made into a jelly.
Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)
Incredibly low-maintenance, fast-growing, beautiful flowers, and a great habitat for birds, butterflies, and insects — homeowners can’t go wrong with this native shrub. Another great benefit is that the shrub grows quickly, making it a great plant to use when you need to fill a gap in your lawn. It also does well in both sunny and shady areas. The one potential downside of Oceanspray is that the flowers remain on the plant during the winter and turn brown.
Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum)
Another low-maintenance native shrub, evergreen huckleberry has glossy green leaves, new stems that grow in bright red, pale pink flowers in the spring, and small, flavorful berries. The shrub also stays green during the winter. This plant has a unique growing habit whether it’s placed in the sun or the shade. When in a sunny spot, it will grow to be about five feet, making it a great addition to the front yard. However, it thrives when planted in a shady spot and can grow to 12 feet or more.
Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis)
If you’re looking for a flowering shrub that is good for bees, this is a great choice as it often is the first plant to flower in the spring. Osoberry looks slightly like a small tree and has small white flowers, pale green leaves, and produces bitter berries that birds happen to love. The shrub does well in any space, but prefers partially shaded areas with some moisture.
These are a few of our favorite native shrubs that work well in most areas of the yard and are fairly easy to take care while also providing beautiful details to the landscape. If you’re in need of lawn care services to help take care of your new shrubs, get in touch with the team at Impeccable Landscapes in Spokane, Washington. Our family-owned landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal service is passionate about providing our clients with personalized and affordable care. We work throughout the Spokane area, so give us a call today for a quote.