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Best Shrubs for Mid-Atlantic Gardens

Regional Gardening, Best Shrubs, Mid-Atlantic Gardening


Hardy shrubs are important elements in Mid-Atlantic gardens. They add depth and character to any garden and not only provide lovely blooms, but also attractive berries, showy fall color and food for the birds.

Selecting the right shrub variety might be daunting for Mid-Atlantic gardeners. If you are looking for beautiful, low-maintenance and hardy plants that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic region, you may want to consider these top performing shrubs which all won the Gold Medal Award of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The goal of this program is to promote outstanding plants for Mid-Atlantic gardens. The program was originally conceived by nurseryman Dr. J. Franklin Styer, who realized gardeners needed to learn about superior plants for their landscapes. It identifies superior ornamental landscape plants that meet the growing conditions of the region and have proven their performance. When gardeners acquire a Gold Medal winner,they can be assured the plant will exhibit standards of excellence for pest and disease resistance, ease of growing, and beauty through many seasons, whether it be foliage, flower, form or bark.

Below is the list of some of the prestigious shrub winners. As you will note, some of them have also received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society!

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 3 - 6
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Small Gardens
Mid-Atlantic Plant Combination Ideas Mid-Atlantic Guides

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 3 - 6
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Small Gardens
Mid-Atlantic Plant Combination Ideas Mid-Atlantic Guides

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