When Leif was added in an update, he brought along with him the ability to plant shrubs! Shrubs will grow into small bushes that produce seasonal blooms. Different shrubs will blossom at different times in the year.
Each time Leif comes to your town, he will have a different combination of shrubs to sell. He has a variety of shrub starts to buy so that you can grow your own little bushes.
Azalea Shrubs - Bloom mid April to late May.
Hydrangea Shrubs - Bloom early June to mid July.
Hibiscus Shrubs - Bloom late July to mid September.
Tea Olive Shrubs - Bloom late September to late October.
Holly Shrubs - Bloom early November to late December.
Camellia Shrubs - Bloom early February to late March.
Firstly, you’ll need to buy some shrub starts from Leif. He will always be carrying the shrub that’s in bloom and then another variation that won’t currently be in season. One shrub start costs 280 Bells or you can buy 5 for 1,400 Bells.
When the shrubs have grown, you won’t be able to walk through them like flowers. They more closely resemble trees, and can be used along with fences to create barriers and enclosures.
To plant them, dig up a hole with your shovel and then select the option to plant the shrub start. You can plant them without making a hole first, but you have more control over where the shrub goes if you dig a hole where you want it. They will take a few days to mature and then if they’re in bloom, they’ll take an extra day to begin flowering.
You can’t cross-breed shrubs and you don’t need to water them.