If you want to enjoy lovely shrubs come the spring, try investing a little time and energy in the fall. Planting before winter will give your shrubs time to grow a strong root system. This means that when spring comes and the growing season really kicks in, your Houston, Texas shrubs will have a better chance of not just surviving but thriving. For some excellent shrub choices well suited to the Houston, Texas climate, try a few of the shrubs below.
Dwarf Barbados Cherry. This pretty Texas native will draw birds to your Houston, Texas yard. It blooms with lovely pink and white flower from May through October, and will grow to be about three feet tall. It does well in full or partial sun, and is quite hardy. This shrub looks great in a mixed border, and produces very nice red berries after it flowers.
Plum Yew. A slow growing shrub that goes perfectly in a shade garden. The plum yew is a very nice looking low shrub that is also very hardy, being able to survive both cold and drought. It does require afternoon shade, however, so keep that in mind when you plant it in your Houston, Texas yard. This shrub will grow to be about five feet tall.
Mock Orange. The mock orange’s lovely white blooms have a heavenly scent that you’ll enjoy. This shrub will bloom with white sprays in April and May, brightening up your Houston, Texas yard for the spring. Expect your mock orange shrub to reach anywhere from eight to twelve feet high, and plant it in full to partial sun to really see it at its best.
Sweet Olive. A hardy bush that will grow best in full to partial sun, the sweet olive has small but very sweetly scented flowers. You’ll enjoy its white blooms from January through April, and it looks especially nice as a hedge. This shrub can grow to be as tall as fourteen feet high, but eight feet is more typical. It will also spread to be about six feet wide.
Chinese Mahonia. This shrub has spiny leaves and blue berries that will attract birds to your Houston, Texas garden. It does best in shade or partial sun, and has lovely yellow flowers. Your Chinese mahonia will bloom in July, a pretty addition to your shade garden or mixed border.
Golden Dewdrop. If you enjoy blue, white, and purple flowers, the golden dewdrop is the perfect shrub for your Houston, Texas backyard. These hard to kill shrubs are very hardy, and will attract both birds and butterflies to your yard. Plant in full to partial sun and you will be rewarded by blooms from April through winter. It also has golden berries, hence the name. This shrub can grow as tall as twelve feet.