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Show-Stopping Shrubs

These wonderful woodies provide reliable good looks without a lot of work

Fine Gardening – Issue 191
'Gold Spring' spiked winter hazel. Photo: courtesy of Paul Cappiello

Show-stopping shrubs—you know the kind. You’re leading a group of friends around the garden, and they’re politely following you with gin and tonic in hand, oooing and aaahing in slightly hushed tones. And then it happens. They spot something in the distance that throws the whole shebang into chaos. The formerly demure and proper garden folk are throwing sharp elbows as they vie for the best path to whatever it is that caught their collective eye. After all, they’ve got to be the first to Instagram the heck out of it.

Show-stopping shrubs do just that. They may not engender spontaneous mud wrestling all 365 days of the year, but when they do their thing, they’re impossible to ignore. It could be stunning texture or just an amazing blast of flowers. Maybe the summer foliage stands out as second to none. Often it’s simply something unexpected…

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