Low-Maintenance Compact Shrubs

Everyone loves enhancing their yard with attractive foliage, but gardening can be tricky with limited space. Fortunately, there are some attractive options if you know what to look for.

Shrubs can add color, height, and texture to even the smallest yard if you choose the right ones. We picked out a few that are both gorgeous and compact, to enhance your yard and borders without taking up too much space.

For the best evergreen shrubs in Texas, check this article.

Here’s our top low maintenance shrubs...

Dwarf Honeysuckle

These shrubs are wonderfully hardy and resistant to diseases and insects. They can withstand a broad range of climates and conditions, and are quite easy to care for.

Dwarf Honeysuckles are a true shrub rather than a vine, growing to about 4 feet high with yellow flowers that bloom in the summer. Their foliage ranges from medium green to bronze and purple.

Garden Glow Dogwood

Dogwood is available in compact cultivars that only grow 3 or 4 feet high. It produces lime green leaves shaped like a heart or a teardrop. They produce small white flowers and berries in the summer, and the foliage turns to a lovely maroon in autumn..

Garden glow dogwood is low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and only partial sunlight. This makes it a good choice for small gardens and urban environments.

Yew Shrubs

This beautiful evergreen produces classic deep green needle-like foliage. They grow to about 3 to 5 feet high and can span as wide as 10 to 12 feet in length.

Some varieties produce attractive red berries, and all varieties are easy to care for. Yew shrubs are drought tolerant, preferring less water so as to avoid root rot. They can easily be pruned to accommodate small spaces.

Fast Growing Evergreens Shrubs has more beautiful ideas for evergreens that grow well in Texas.

Cranberry Cotoneaster

Cranberry cotoneaster gets its name from the bright red berries it produces, which resemble cranberries. Though they aren’t considered edible, the dense crop of berries amid deep green foliage make these shrubs quite beautiful.

They grow low and wide, only reaching about 2 or 3 feet in height. Cranberry cotoneasters produce pink flowers in the summer, and require partial sunlight with moderate watering.

Butterfly Bush

This shrub is named for the fact that butterflies love its abundant blossoms. They come in a variety of colors, blooming in long trusses that tend to droop with the weight of the myriad flowers they bear.

Butterfly bushes will bloom through summer and autumn, and grow to 2 or 3 feet in height. They do well in full sun and should be placed in an enclosed area to avoid overgrowth.

Bella Anna Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are cultivated in a broad variety of heights and sizes, but these compact beauties tend to reach about 3 feet tall and wide. They produce large bunches of tiny pink flowers throughout the summer and early fall.

Bella Anna Hydrangeas are low-maintenance and drought tolerant. However, they do need more frequent watering if planted in an area that receives full sun.

Posted in Homeowners on Jul 16, 2020


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