For my first Ask a Designer post the question targeted groundcovers. This time it’s shrubs and I asked another fabulous designer about her favorites. Barbara Katz of London Landscapes in Bethesda, Maryland responded that she has “great respect” for these shrubs. (Here’s some of Barbara’s work.)

With deciduous shrubs there are so many to love, Barbara found it a bit hard to choose. So let’s see what made the cut, and I’ll comment when I can’t resist. I’m using marketing photos of the plants only because they’re what’s available.