8 Popular Trees and Shrubs For Perfect Landscape

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When it comes to planting and gardening at home, adding trees and shrubs are a must.  It provides color, winter, and texture interest. Besides, trees and shrubs look great to complete Oklahoma and Texas landscapes. When you want to grow some of them, here are things to consider.

  • Trees and shrubs will be the backbone for any landscape design. You can use them for many things. For example, you can use trees to shade your house in the summer, to reduce the cooling bills as well. Meanwhile, you will need shrubs to create a little privacy or to make foundation plantings.
  • It is possible to feature trees and shrubs to become specimens, to display favorable things like form, color, and flowers. Evergreen and berry-producing shrubs, for example, can be an excellent addition to provide cover and food for wildlife.
  • Anytime you buy trees and shrubs, you should consider the cultural needs of the plants such as the light and soil preferences, the average size, and the cold-hardiness. If you have electrical lines as the problem, you should determine the height restrictions for any trees in your yard. If possible, you should have marked any utility lines in your yard before planting.
  • There are many options available when it comes to evergreen, deciduous trees, and shrubs. For example, you can grow abelia, barberry, boxwood, euonymus, weigela, nandina, yew, rose of Sharon, hardy hibiscus, hydrangea, false cypress, spruce, lilac, and others. For trees, you can grow fruiting trees, shade trees, or flowering trees.
  • Another way to complete the structure of your landscape is adding vines like clematis or honeysuckle. These plants provide nice height without taking too much space in your garden.

If you have no idea and if it is the first time for you to plant shrubs and trees, you can try the list below:


Endless Summer Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) is one of the gorgeous mopheads, characterized by giant, round clusters of blooms. If your soil is acidic, the flowers are blue; if the soil is alkaline, the flowers are pink. Hydrangea grows best in moist soil in partial shade and is winter hardy to minus-30 degrees F.


Center Glow ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’) is a lovely shrub in muted shades of green, gold, and burgundy. Plant in full sun to part shade (morning sun only in extreme heat areas). ‘Center Glow’ can reach 6–8 feet tall and wide. It is hardy in Zones 3–7 and tolerates poor soils if they are well drained.

False cypress

Lemon Thread Sawara false cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Lemon Thread’) is a needled evergreen that prefers full sun and semi-moist soil. It grows broadly conical, from 3–5 feet tall to 2–4 feet wide. It is hardy to Zone 4. Not as tall as the Gold Thread false cypress, Lemon Thread Sawara’s floppy golden foliage makes a nice contrast to dark-green or purple-leaf plants.


Mountain Fire Pieris or we call it Pieris Japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ is basically the evergreen with broad leaves that love to get morning sunlight. The new growth is fiery red with the flower panicles in white to form in the previous summer and then bloom in the spring. In addition, Pieris is popular as a slow grower that appreciates semi-moist and acidic soil. It can grow four to five feet tall. It also requires little pruning.


Green Mountain Boxwood or Buxus ‘Green Moutain’ is popular as the evergreen shrub. A hardy that is good for formal plantings. In addition, it is ideal for foundation and containers. It can grow about four to five feet tall and two to three feet wide. This shrub is the common choice to complete area gardens with the round shape. Even though it is okay to live in shade but its favorite spot is full to part sun.

Crimson Pygmy barberry

Crimson Pygmy Barberry is also popular as Berberis Thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea Nana’. This is a mounding and deciduous shrub. The shrub can stay tidy with the height about 2 feet and the width about 3 feet. It is also hardy to Zone 4. In other word, it needs little pruning tips. If you want to add this to your landscape design, we recommend you to plant it full sun. Once you can do it, you will see how it adds more colors with purple, red, and also green foliage.

Black lace elderberry

Another name of Black Lace Elderberry is Sambucus Nigra ‘Eva’. In fact, this is a striking shrub with the very dark foliage. It is reminiscent of Japanese maple. Why so? The reason is its deep foliage. The purple-black foliage can give a contrast look to the new light green growth.
Talking about Black Lace Elderberry, it can grow for about six to eight feet tall and wide. If you want to plant it, then keep in mind that this shrub needs full sun. Therefore, you must find the best spot in your garden with the full sun.

Smoke tree

Smoke tree is also known as Cotinus coggyria. It is a specimen tree in a small size that only reaches about 15 feet of its height. The smoke tree looks so beautiful that we recommend you to add this tree to your plant. The main highlight is the billowy bloom clusters that will show in the summer with the buff-colored smoke to see from the leaves. In addition, the plant offers colorful fall foliage.
Of course, there are many options available when it is all about shrubs and trees. So, when do you have to buy and plant them?
Our secret to planting shrubs and trees is to buy and plant them before the temperature below 90 degrees and 100 degrees. Planting them during the dog days in the summer is not a big deal. You should help them survive by watering properly until they are well-established.
Those are all things you should know about the popular trees and shrubs you must add to complete your landscape design. Which one do you love most? Are you going to plant all these trees and shrubs to your garden? Do you have more ideas about planting trees and shrubs from your experience? We would be happier to hear more from your comments. Happy gardening!