Whether deciduous or evergreen, shrubs are useful for giving a garden form and balance. They are essential for the ever-changing look provided throughout the seasons. As a signal to Spring’s arrival, Forsythia burst onto the scene with bright yellow blooms and come Fall the garden is ablaze with red leaves of Burning Bush. The exciting new varieties of plant material allow for great color and blooms throughout the seasons such as “Endless Summer” Hydrangea, Carol Mackie Daphne and tree form Lilac and Altheas. Broad-leafed Evergreens, such as Boxwood, can now be used more successfully with the recent development of hardier species. Gardeners often shy away from the demanding maintenance of roses in our harsh climate. Now with the introduction of new shrub rose varieties such as “Knock Out,” home owners have found these to be outstanding with continual color and ease of care.