||I believe that shrubs and trees are the most important investment in the garden. New construction is everywhere and a foundation planting of shrubs takes on a greater significance finding residents in haste to look established. Shrubs have the ability to soften lines, disguise or hide unsightly views; they can stand alone as a focus or accent one. Shrubs can provide security and protection to the house, serve as windbreaks, act as fences or define boundaries. They are a key unifying element in the garden. Personally I am "into" them. I have "fancy" hybrid shrubs that barely make a whimper and generic bushes that scream spring. Be it the bold, fast grouwing, invasive butckthorn, a personal high of wild abandoned therapeutic clipping, or the touchy spirea which tells me I can do nothing right, I love 'em.