Ornamental

Type of Shrubs
27 Types of Shrubs with Pictures & Care Guide
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Shrubs are sometimes described as small trees, and in fact, many trees can take the form of shrubs if they are pruned and trained correctly. Shrubs are typically bushy style plants, some of which can be pruned into ornamental designs, while others do better when left to their own natural shapes.

Anise Hyssop
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) - Varieties, Planting & Care Guide
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This perennial herb or ornamental is confusingly commonly known as anise hyssop, although the plant is neither part of the hyssop species, anise seed, or a star anise. In fact, it is part of the mint family and has many semblances to the mint plant, including its square stalks and toothy dull green foliage with paler undersides.

Close up of bees on a vitex tree
Vitex Tree (Chaste Tree) - Varieties, Growing & Care Guide
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The vitex tree can be grown as a tree or shrub and features beautiful fragrant lilac flowers that bloom throughout the summer. It grows easily, to the point of becoming invasive in some areas, to heights of between 15 and 20 feet. The foliage of the tree resembles the cannabis plant, with five leaflets splayed out like an open hand. The leaves have a similar scent to that of sage.

Fruits and foliage of Bay laurel
Bay Laurel Tree - Easy Growing & Care Guide
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Bay laurels are an evergreen plant hailing from the Mediterranean and are known as one of the oldest trees to be cultivated. It is now grown for its ornamental beauty, but also for use in cooking, in which its dried leaves are commonly used to flavor soups, stews, broths, casseroles, and sauces.

Cornflower in a pot on the windowsill
Cornflowers - How to Grow and Care For Bachelor's Buttons
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Cornflowers are a pretty annual wildflower that was once commonly seen growing natively throughout Britain's rural meadows. Unfortunately, as with many species of wildflowers, the cornflower is now rarely seen in the wild. It has become almost extinct in rural landscapes thanks to modern agricultural methods.

Locust Trees
8 Different Types of Locust Trees & Their Uses
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Locusts are part of the pea family, Fabaceae, and can take the form of both trees and shrubs. They are all native to regions across North America, where they have since been cultivated for multiple reasons, including for use as hedging or erosion control.