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Dwarf Shrubs

Dwarf Shrubs

Dwarf shrubs and bushes are an excellent choice when you are landscaping your garden. These miniature shrubs are usually low maintenance and are dense and compact. Here we are going to discuss dwarf bushes that you can incorporate into your landscape design.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018
Hydrangea Shrub With Big Flowers
Planting flowers, designing flower beds is not the only way to enhance the look of your garden. For a beautiful garden, you need a design and incorporate both shrubs and trees. Dwarf shrubs are a great part of a garden, as they give your garden scale and proportion.
A dwarf shrub does not grow more than 4 - 6 feet in height. You can choose from a variety of hardy evergreen ones to spring and summer growing ones. If you are planning of landscaping your garden or just want to spruce up your front yard, planting dwarf bushes is a great option. Here we will discuss dwarf bushes and how they can be used for landscaping.
Dwarf Shrubs for Landscaping
Carissa Holly
One of the best dwarf shrubs for landscaping is Carissa Holly. It grows up to a height of 3 - 4 feet and has coarse green leaves. It is an evergreen dwarf shrub and you can even grow them indoors in containers. They are quite hardy and can survive extreme drought and variable soil conditions.
It thrives well in full sunshine and is a low maintenance shrub. It has beautiful verdant green leaves which are about 2 inches long. Carissa Holly makes an excellent ornamental shrub for your flower garden.
Dwarf Hemlock
Another great miniature shrub is the Dwarf Hemlock. It grows up to 3 feet and has small olive green leaves. It grows well in partial shade and is best used as landscaping shrubs for rock gardens. This is a hardy plant, though a very slow growing plant. This ornamental shrub can also be used for landscaping around water bodies or along the pool area.
Dwarf Azalea
Azalea
One of the most attractive and ornamental dwarf shrubs is the Dwarf Azalea. It grows up to 4-6 inches and is a deciduous plant. It has oval-shaped light green leaves and in spring blossoms with white and pink flowers resembling puffballs.
Indian Azalea
The leaves are quite fragrant and they are an excellent choice for enhancing the appearance of your garden.
Dwarf Mountain Pine
Black Pine Growing In Garden
Another dwarf shrub you can have in your yard or garden is Dwarf Mountain Pine. These are hardy shrubs and need very less care.
They are fairly tolerant to cold weather and will grow well in almost any type of soil. The leaves of this plant are dark green rigid needles which are arranged in pairs and are about 3 - 4 cm in length. Since they grow in tight clusters and are quite decorative, you can use them in the perimeter of your driveway.
Dwarf Snowflake Mock Orange
Snowflake Flowers
If you are looking for dwarf shrubs for shade, Dwarf Snowflake Mock Orange shrub is the best option. It grows to 3 - 4 feet and is a spring flowering deciduous shrub.
It is best planted in a small cottage style or country style garden. It blooms with very beautiful white fragrant flowers that blooms in the spring. It has a very dense foliage and therefore comes in useful for concealing any old pipes or drains in the garden.
Alpine Plum Yew
If you are looking for a dwarf shrub which is compact and has multicolored foliage, then choose Alpine Plum Yew. It is a dwarf shrub that comes with multicolored leaves and small red berries. Its leaves are reddish green to gray in color and it makes a dramatic addition to your garden.
Some other dwarf bushes that you can consider growing in your garden are:
  • Acoma Crape Myrtle
  • Blue Mist Dwarf Fothergilla
  • Dwarf Korean Lilac
  • Red Dwarf Crape Myrtle
  • Compact Cranberry Bush
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce
  • Daphne Spirea
  • Dwarf Butterfly Bush
  • Wedding Gown Hydrangea
  • Dwarf Wintercreeper
Before planting these shrubs, you should know how to grow dwarf shrubs and how to take care of them. Proper selection of dwarf bushes in your garden can make your garden look more vibrant and beautiful.