When planting shrubs consider selection, placement and mature size. Shrubs are a great option for large area coverage and are generally maintenance free. However, they should be properly cared for over their lifetime to ensure that they stay beautiful.
Keep the plant's mature size in mind when planting. A ligustrum under a window might obscure window viewing in a few years. When planted along path and walkways it can narrow the path when planted too close to the sidewalk and not pruned regularly. Think how the shrub will look in 5 to 10 years as well as the amount of maintenance required and plant accordingly.