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If you are looking for a new landscape design for your yard, then visiting your local nursery can provide an abundant supply of tips, tricks, and inspirational ideas. The experts at your local nursery can also help determine which foliage would work best with your lifestyle and the amount of time you have available to maintain and care for your yard.

Shrubs are one feature you can employ in your landscape design that will add value to the property and can reduce your carbon footprint. Shrubs can help trap and filter dust and other pollutants and can help the plants absorb more of the essential nutrients that they need to thrive. The roots can also help to stabilize soil and prevent any further erosion.

Aucuba Shrubs

Aucuba shrubs are also known as spotted or Japanese Laurel and can be seen in many different garden environments. They are bold foliage and can easily adapt to shade, dry soil, pollution, and even coastal conditions. They are a rounded evergreen shrub that blooms reddish and purple flowers in the Spring. They require full sun to part shade and can be trimmed or cut back during the Spring months.


Azaleas are shrubs that are both easy to grow and easy to care for in your garden. Before planting them, you should be sure that you find an appropriate location and plant them in the Spring months. Keep them out of the full sun because the sun can burn the leaves, and heavy shade can deprive them of oxygen. They also have shallow roots so they will require acidic and well-drained soil and should be placed in raised beds.

It is best to trim an Azalea after the blooming period has ended. Trimming the Azalea will also help encourage new growth and renew overgrown plants.


Juniper shrubs are considered one of the most versatile options you can find at your local nursery. There are also several different types of Juniper shrubs including low-growing, medium-sized, large, and upright Junipers. The foliage on the Juniper tends to be darker shades of green or can be a lighter green and also have a silvery blue or even golden hue.

Juniper shrubs can be used as ground covers, hedges, screens, windbreaks, or specimen plants. They can tolerate several different types of soil but also prefer sunny locations in well-draining soiled areas. They range in height and shape and will add considerable value to your landscape design and property.

Low growing Junipers can vary in height but can grow to about two feet and can help to control erosion on a sloped landscape, or can help to cover an area that has poor soil. Medium-sized Junipers can act as a hedge and provide privacy and spread to around 6 feet in different zones.

Large Junipers can provide a taller and larger hedge and grow to be up to ten feet wide with a more tufted look.

Junipers require partial to full sun and can even attract birds. They require relatively limited maintenance. With the several different types of Juniper available, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for at your local nursery, whether it is ground cover, privacy, or just an aesthetically pleasing look to the property.

Your Local Nursery

When you are ready to refresh your landscape design, your local nursery is the best place to start your journey. The local nursery will have the widest variety of native plants that are sure to thrive in your environment. They will also be able to offer you expert advice on the best way to care and maintain your new flowers, trees, and shrubs.

Native plants can adapt to your region’s soil and climate and can help create deeper and more extensive root systems. Native plants from your local nursery can also carry environmental and eco benefits and can create more sustainable landscapes.

Before purchasing any foliage for your landscape design, consult with your local nursery to determine the best plants and placement for your yard. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have concerning the maintenance of your new landscape.

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