Must-have shrubs – hardy selection

Shrubs are essential in a garden because they participate in the landscaping framework. They can thus play the role of star plant in isolation, such as a tree or conifer, or be used to make a hedge. As they are very diverse, they must be carefully chosen: summer interest, winter interest, foliage color, flowering, fruiting, etc.

The suggestions are hardy in most parts of Quebec and their performance has been verified. They are also resistant to diseases and insects under good growing conditions. Finally, they are available in most Passion Jardins garden centers.

‘Hedgerow’s Gold’ Red osier Dogwood – Cornus sericea ‘Hedgerow’s Gold’

  • Flowering: white
  • Foliage: green with an irregular golden border
  • Height: 2 m (6 ft.)
  • Width: 1.5m (5ft)
  • Soil: cool to moist
  • Exposure: sun, light shade
  • Hardiness: zone 4

Endless Summer ™ ‘Bailmer’ Hydrangea Large Leaf– Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’

  • Flowering: blue flowers ball
  • Foliage: dark green
  • Height: 1 to 1.5 m (3 to 5 ft.)
  • Width: 1 to 1.5m (3 to 5 feet)
  • Soil: fresh and rich in organic matter
  • Exposure: sun, support half shade
  • Hardiness: zone 4

‘Phantom’ Panicled Hydrangea – Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’

  • Flowering: creamy white panicle, very large flower
  • Foliage: green
  • Height: 1.5 to 2.3 m (5 to 7 ft.)
  • Width: 1 to 2 m (3 to 6 ft.)
  • Soil: fresh and rich in organic matter
  • Exposure: sun, support half shade
  • Hardiness: zone 4

Coppertina ™ ‘Mindia’ Common Ninebark – Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Coppertina’

  • Flowering: small white flowers gathered in dense inflorescences
  • Foliage: coppery orange becoming purple when mature
  • Height: 1.5 to 2.5 m (5 to 8 ft.)
  • Width: 1 to 2 m (3 to 6 ft.)
  • Soil: several types of soil, dry to moderately moist
  • Exposure: full sun, tolerates slight shading
  • Hardiness: zone 3

‘Mandarin Lights’ Rhododendron – Rhododendron ‘Mandarin Lights’

  • Flowering: red with dark orange veins
  • Foliage: olive green, deciduous
  • Height: 1.2 m (4 ft.) in ten years
  • Width: 1.5m (5ft)
  • Soil: aerated, rich, slightly moist, but well drained
  • Exposure: filtered sun and tolerates some shade
  • Hardiness: zone 3

Black Lace ™ ‘Eva’ Black Elderberry – Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

  • Flowering: small pink white flowers in the shape of umbrellas at the beginning of July
  • Foliage: dark black purple on top and greyish green below
  • Height: 1.2 to 2 m (4 to 6 ft.)
  • Width: 1.2 to 1.5 m (4 to 5 ft.)
  • Soil: ordinary
  • Exposure: full sun
  • Hardiness: zone 4

‘Sem’ Ural False Spirea – Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’

  • Flowering: tiny white flowers grouped into panicles in July
  • Foliage: matte green tinged with reddish pink when young
  • Height: 1 m (3 ft.)
  • Width: 1 m (3 ft.)
  • Soil: any well-drained soil
  • Exposure: full sun, tolerates a semi-shaded situation
  • Hardiness: zone 2

‘Eye Catcher’ Old-fashioned Weigela – Weigela florida ‘Eye Catcher’

  • Bloom: dark red in June
  • Foliage: green variegated with yellow
  • Height: 60 cm (2 ft.)
  • Width: 60 cm (2 ft.)
  • Soil: many types of soil, if well drained
  • Exposure: full sun, tolerates partial shade
  • Hardiness: zone 4

My Monet ™ Old-fashioned weigela ‘Verweig’ – Weigela florida ‘My Monet’

  • Flowering: purple pink
  • Height: 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inches)
  • Width: 60 cm (24 in)
  • Soil: many types of soil, if well drained
  • Exposure: full sun, tolerates partial shade
  • Hardiness: zone 4