Shrubs

The encyclopedia of shrubs catalogs all the shrubs you could want in your beautiful yard. Explore the encyclopedia of shrubs to find exactly what you're looking for.


Bougainvilleas are beautiful, hearty plants that can be grown indoors or outdoors. Learn about how to grow bougainvilleas in this article.

A tree peony is a great addition to a cottage-style garden with its cupped blossoms of red, pink, yellow, and white. The shrubs may grow to 7 feet tall and as wide but may be kept smaller by selective pruning. Read about its care.

Arrowwood is shrub that is sure to attract wildlife -- bees, butterflies, and birds flock to its flowers and berries. The strong, straight branches were once used to make arrows, hence its common name. Learn how to care for it.

Scented geraniums have perfumed leaves, often with fruity or spicy fragrances. They have magnificently varied leaves, and in summer grow clusters of white, pink, or purple flowers. Read more about this species of pelargoniums.

Bluebeard, blue mist spirea, is actually a woody shrub. It has blue-purple flowers and adds great color to the garden in late fall. Butterflies find it irresistible. Read about caring for this lovely plant.

Drooping leucothoe, a bushy plant reaching 6 feet vertically and horizontally, has blooms that look like lily-of-the-valley. Leaves can change color through winter to a shade of violet. Learn how to use drooping leucothoe as ground cover to camouflag

Oregon grape has berries that can be eaten, but has leaves that look more like holly. Forest green in summer, leaves can turn violet-red in the off-season. Learn how to use it in preventing erosion.

American yew can ramble as it spreads, growing to 8 feet wide, and offer pretty color through the off-season. Learn how to grow American yew as a tree or prune it into shape.

American bittersweet needs both male and female plants for flowering and berry production. It grows so well that it needs to be controlled around other plants. Try using it to camouflage posts around the garden.

Dwarf myrtle has a delightful scent when pierced. Its many varieties and uses (as a screen, hedge, or topiary) make it an interesting plant to care for and display. Learn more about its flowering habits.

Abelia, a shrub with forest-green leaves that turn purple, produces tube-shaped flowers well into autumn. Hummingbirds love it. Learn how to make abelia the highlight of your yard.

Common boxwood can grow into a tree. Mostly used as a hedge or topiary, it's known more for its glossy leaves than flowers. Learn more about healthy propagation of common boxwood.

Fountain butterfly bush can grow up to 15 feet tall, further emphasizing branches that curve into a droop. Learn more about this purple-flowered friend of butterflies.

Red chokeberry produces somewhat edible fruit and grows even in low-quality soil. Leaves change color, flowers bloom white, and berries typically last into winter. Learn more about red chokeberry.

Winter honeysuckle, aptly named for its wintertime blooms, reaches perhaps 10 feet vertically and horizontally. Though it doesn't change color in autumn, it does bear a strong fragrance. Learn how to use it as a border.

Pittosporum carries the same scent as the orange blossom. Branch exposure changes as the plant matures and in part makes it a good garden accoutrement. Learn more about experimenting with Pittosporum displays.

Reeves skimmia begins the growing season with white flowers and then bears fruit until winter, making for interesting garden decor. Pruning is minimal. Learn more about the variety of functions for reeves skimmia.

Witch hazel is a small ornamental shrub or tree that grows up to 20 feet in height and spread. It generally is the last shrub of the year to bloom. Learn about this shrub.

Rosemary is a shrub that comes in all sizes, is rooted easily, and can be grown from a seed or sold while small. Learn how to grow it in containers or gardens.

Rhododendrons offer a lot of landscape appeal because of their diverse sizes, shiny leaves, and colorful globes of flowers. Learn to grow them for use in woodland gardens, shubbery borders, and foundation plantings.

The pieris remains a popular shrub because it has almost every landscape use in borders and as a background plant. Learn to care for and combine this small-flower plant with spring bulbs.

The leucothoe is a low-growing evergreen shrub that is native to the southeastern United States. It is a good ground cover and is excellent for mass plantings. Find out about this shrub.

Azalea is a flowering shrub and house plant whose jewel colored flowers spread evenly all over the bush. Its size ranges from under a foot to over six feet tall. Learn about azalea.

Blueberry bushes have clusters of white, bell-like flowers in spring and edible blueberries in summer. High producers like bluecrop can give more than ten quarts of blueberries per year. Learn about this shrub.

Bridal-wreath can grow 6 to 10 feet high and spread 10 to 12 feet wide. The small leaves are greenish-blue and masses of small, white flowers cover it in spring. Learn about this shrub.

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