THE BEST SHRUBS TO PLANT IN BILOXI
Biloxi is known to have a humid subtropical climate. This translates to warm summers and mild winters. This makes it a good area for the planting of shrubs. Just in case you don’t know much about shrubs before now, we will be doing some basic introduction to shrubs. Then, we will look at the best shrubs to plant in Biloxi.
Major characteristics of a Shrub
They don’t have trunks or proper stems; rather, they usually branch near the ground.
They are known to have broad leaf plants
They are quite thick, making it possible for them to grow in almost any type of soil.
They generally thrive in a sunny environment, making them seasonal in nature.
They are mostly smaller than trees.
Why plant shrubs
Just in case you are wondering why exactly you should plant a shrub, there are several benefits that come from planting a shrub in Biloxi.
1. Shrubs are good at preventing the occurrence of water and soil erosion.
2. Some shrubs are sources of Fruits, leaves, tuber shoots, and roots for consumption.
3. Shrubs can be used for landscape beautification.
4. They can serve as garden beds in your garden or lawn.
While there are many plausible reasons to plant shrubs in Biloxi, there are also reasons for its usage. As suggested earlier, shrubs are used in gardens for decorative purposes. Also, they are never pale even if they haven’t been supplied water over a long time. Interestingly, the average shrub serves as a noise absorber.
Types of shrubs
As far as shrubs are concerned, there are a number of species. Here is a list of a few of them, basically the ones that can easily be planted in a domestic Biloxi garden.
- White and purple Butterfly Bush
- Red and yellow-leaved Barberry.
- Carolina Allspice.
- Virginia Sweetspire
- Bush Rose.
With the information given so far, we can proceed to discuss the best shrubs to plant in Biloxi. To start with, you can rest assured that many shrub varieties perform well in Biloxi landscapes. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Biloxi happens to fall within Hardiness Zones 7 and 8. For residents of Biloxi, the choice of shrubs to plant is best made with respect to correct Hardiness Zone, intended use, mature plant size, bloom time, and bloom color. Here are a few shrubs that are good for Biloxi residents.
Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus) shrub belongs to the Calycanthaceae plant family. This shrub is popularly referred to as “the sweetshrub.” For standard and matured Carolina allspice shrub, the height is somewhere close to 8 feet. The width is also somewhere around 4 feet.
Taking a look at the leaves of The Carolina allspice shrubs, they are basically green. However, they turn to bright yellow shades in the autumn. From May to June, the color metamorphosis of this shrub continues as it moves from yellow to red-brown flowers with blooming brown fruits. From the way the color changes all year round, it is clear to see that this shrub is ideal for your lawn and garden decoration. This shrub thrives a great deal when planted in loamy soils and partly shady to fully sunny spots.
This is basically a shrub known to thrive well around Mississippi bogs and moist savannas. Also known as “the sweet pepperbush,” it usually grows naturally but can be planted. Summersweet shrub ranges from 4 to 6 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet in width. Taking a look at its all-year-round growth, it is usually deep-green. However, it changes to golden-yellow in the autumn. As the month of July sets in, Fragrant flowers pop up, ranging from color white to blue. These characteristics make it beautiful for lawn decoration in your Biloxi home.
This shrub is a member of the Ericaceae plant family. It is usually green for most parts of the year. Also, it grows comfortably in the wet soils and swamps of Biloxi. During late spring, white-flower cluster blooms can be seen whenever they are growing. It is usually this way until winter comes. Then, the green leaves turn purple-brown. A closer examination of the leucothoe shrub shows that on the average, Mature ones range from 2 to 4 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet in width.
The leucothoe shrub grows better in acidic soils that are situated in partly shady locations. It is always a great idea to plant this shrub in borders, foundation plantings, and rock gardens. You can be sure they will survive all year round even if there is not enough supply of water.
The Virginia sweetspire (Itea Virginia) is one of the several shrubs that naturally occurs along swamps and streams in Biloxi. It is classified as a member of the Grossulariaceae plant family. A sampling of its growth shows that it can go as high as 5 feet in height. The width is quite corresponding as the widest of the Virginia sweetspire shrub gets to 3 feet in width.
Like other shrubs mentioned, the Virginia sweetspire also changes color as the year moves around. Its default deep green foliage turns dark red as the fall approaches. During the early part of the summer, fragrant white flower clusters appear on this shrub, making it very colorful.
Virginia sweetspire grows fine when planted in moist, humus soils that are located in partly shady or fully sunny locations. You might want to choose this for tour Biloxi garden if you have the right environment for it.
Planting a shrub in Biloxi is a good idea. You get to beautify your home, demarcate borders, consume its fruits (when consumable) and even beautify your garden. However, make sure you have the right condition needed for it to thrive before you start to plant.