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Small Shrubs for Small Gardens

If you have limited space, dwarf shrubs are a ready solution, but don't just look at size. To reserve a spot in your small garden shrubs must offer more than one charming attribute. Select varieties that can multitask or offer more than one season of interest. By looking at characteristics other than size you'll truly make the most of the available area.

Here are five examples of shrubs that have virtues beyond their petite size.

Five Shrubs for Small Gardens

Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) Little Henry® will give you three seasons of interest. This shrub produces fragrant, cattail-shaped, spring blooms, vibrant green summer foliage and brilliant red autumn color. You can grow Little Henry® in a container too.

Hardy in zones 5 -9; 3 4 feet tall x 3 to 4 feet wide; full sun to partial shade.

'Sky Pencil' Holly (Ilex crenata) 'Sky Pencil' gets tall, but it stays skinny. It's an evergreen that works well planted in a row as a screening hedge or position two on either side of an entry as an accent. It's a shrub that will add height to your garden.

Hardy in zones 5 9; 6 8 feet tall x 2 3 feet wide; full sun.

'Dark Knight' Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) Although considered a shrub, Caryopteris behaves more like a perennial in my book because of the heavy bloom. Luscious blue flowers appear in late summer bringing butterflies and honeybees along with them. The aromatic foliage is tinged with yellow in fall. Plant them in multiples for big impact or as a focal point in a mixed border. 'Dark Knight' has deep purple-blue flowers and a compact form.

Hardy in zones 6 9; 2 3 feet tall x 2 3 feet wide; full sun.

'Miniature Snowflake' Mock Orange (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Miniature Snowflake') 'Miniature Snowflake' is a petite version of a cherished old-fashioned shrub. The fragrant, white, early summer flowers make it a good choice for a moon garden. During summer the bright green foliage acts as a foil for other flowers and foliage in your garden. Plant it as a seasonal focal point in a mixed border.

Hardy in zones 4 8; 2 3 feet tall x 1 2 feet wide; full sun to partial shade.

'Top Hat' Blueberry (Vaccinium x 'Top Hat') Blueberry shrubs will attract wildlife with their spring blooms, the fall foliage is outstanding, and there are those yummy berries too. 'Top Hat' is small enough to tuck into even the tiniest garden or you can grow it in a container. It's a great option for edging a border or as a focal point.

Hardy in zones 4 7; 2 feet tall x 2 feet wide; full sun to partial shade.