Shrub plants can be used to form the ‘backbone’ of the garden. They grow year after year and retain a woody structure above ground. Shrubs can be grown as specimen items or be used for general plant displays. There is a wide selection of deciduous or evergreen types to choose from and have many forms of growth habit, leaf shape and flower colour, also providing a foil for many a sumptuous rose flower. Shrubs complement rose plantings giving structure and form, or even height. They offer something of interest all year round and the evergreen subjects provide a living background of colour all the time.