While you may think of shrubs as “just bushes,” they are actually much more. Shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Some shrubs produce berries, and others even provide fragrance! Creeping shrubs, like junipers, can serve as evergreen ground covers. Low, bushy shrubs blend nicely into flower gardens or the front of a planting around the house. Larger, rounded shrubs can be grouped into clusters to define space or create privacy. Taller shrubs are best kept at some distance from the house, where they won’t block the views. They make good screens for the property perimeter. Vertical shrubs that are shaped like an upright cone or pillar create formality or emphasis in the yard. They can be striking when placed on either side of a doorway or garden gate.