Flower shrubs that give your garden texture


Flower shrubs that give your garden texture


Pentas flowers planted in Lavington Nairobi in this photo taken on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG


  • Flowering shrubs are a plus because they effortlessly replace trees, especially when space is tight.
  • Most flowering shrubs grow well under partial to full sunlight.
  • Because flowering shrubs are still shrubs that are capable of growing wild, gently push them on the path you want them to take.

Decorate your garden with flowering shrubs to add texture, color and fragrance to your green area. “These are plants that are easy to maintain and perfect for layering, which add shape to your garden,” says Ms. Emily Omunga from her garden in Nairobi, which has more than 10 varieties of flowering shrubs, all less than a year old. .

Flowering shrubs are also a plus because they effortlessly replace trees, especially when space is tight. “Their beauty is also easy to see at eye level, unlike trees that cheer up on your hedges, front gardens and balconies.

They also do not have intrusive roots that will damage structures, ”said Mr Gideon Mutua, a program manager and passionate gardener.

Most flowering shrubs grow well under partial to full sunlight. The location of their planting and climate and whether they are in pots or planted determines their irrigation needs. “Because Machakos is hot, the potted shrubs I have kept on the balconies get relatively less water because they are shady,” says Mr Mutua.

But according to Ms Omuga, flowering shrubs are best grounded and planted in properly draining, compost-mixed soil. “They can live on rainwater, making them low maintenance once they have matured.”

Make sure the plants are well fed and protected from pests that find the flowering shrubs irresistible, just like you and me.

“Periodically, I will throw snail pellets into my garden to keep these slow-moving creatures away and spray neem oil, which bans aphids and termites. To the hydrangeas and roses, I add Omex leaf food and Garden Rose Magic to maximize their flowering power. To keep the leaves from shine in the rainy season, I will apply leaf shine, ”explains Mrs. Omuga.

Because flowering shrubs are still shrubs that are capable of growing wild, gently push them on the path you want them to take. “I tie the branches using a zipper so they can be up there and chase the sun,” the interior designer turned to the farmer.

Prune the shrubs to create an appealing shape and the desired size, and deadhead to remove used flowers. “Retaining used flowers causes the plant to divert its resources to make fruits from the flowers instead of making more flowers, which is what we all want,” she explains.

With these tips, these two gardeners share some of the flowering shrubs with us that make their hearts sing.

In Emily’s garden


Pentas grow well, whether they are in pots or planted, in their flowering clusters pink or red in color, flowering all year round. They are easy to grow, low maintenance and do well in full sun. Water regularly during dry seasons, pruning and deadhead to keep them neat and encourage more flowering.


With large, showy flowers that come in shades of pink, yellow, red, orange and white, this flowering shrub should be an integral part of your garden.

“The best thing about it is that it blooms all year round and can grow as tall as a tree, but with less destructive tendencies,” says Ms Omuga, adding that they are classified as singles that have five petals or double leaves, which has more than five. . “Keep an eye out for aphids on your double hibiscus flowers, and get rid of them at the first show.”


Choose a sunny spot for this flowering shrub, whether it is in a pot or planted. Sirens for butterflies, they come in a multitude of bold colors. From the dazzling yellow, fiery red, bright white, happy orange, rosy and royal purple. Water regularly when planted. Once rooted, reduce watering as it is a fairly drought resistant plant.


Perfect for hedges because of its incredibly colored foliage, Mrs. Omuga, a commercial interior designer, says this tropical girlfriend is unique as its flowers appear under the leaves. Plant it in a partially shaded area to keep the soil moist and to bring out its best color, which comes with a good frying.

Mona lavender

This fast-growing tropical beauty is ideal for new plant parents because it is impossible to kill. It has long purple, showy flowers with long tubes, with shiny green serrated leaves growing side by side on a purple-colored stem. It thrives under partial shade.

Crimson red cestrum

Fragrant after dark and blooming all year round, this wonderful ornamental shrub can grow up to three feet tall with a generous portion of red flowers that arch into berries, at the edge of a single stem. “My garden is one and a half years old and this plant thrives in well-drained soil and is generally resistant to pests.”


Petite with star-shaped flowers that come in a bright orange color, these self-seeding flowering shrubs are perfect if you want your garden to be a paradise of butterflies as they are sweetly fragrant. It prefers a place just under the sun, with proper pruning and dead-heading for maximum benefits.

Mutuas have

Night-flowering jasmine

Perfect as hedges and screens, if you turn your nose in its direction in the evening, you will be greeted by the delicious scent of this tropical shrub hidden in its small, tubular yellow flowers until the sun disappears from its sight. Relatively drought resistant and minimal care, its evergreen leaves add to its charm as it can be enjoyed all year round.


“Choose your roses wisely for maximum benefit, plant them in well-mixed soil and water accordingly,” says Mr. Mutua of the most popular flowering shrub. Not even thorns damage their reputation!

They will bring much needed colors to your porches and as trees add their attractive floral interest to the skyline. Take care of aphids and keep your leaves healthy by not watering them. “Aim for the ground.”

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