Top 10 Shrubs for Small Spaces

Yes, you do have room for an extra shrub or two—all of our picks for the top 10 shrubs for small spaces are under 5 feet tall!

You have a very small backyard, perhaps just a patio, yet you still want to grow shrubs. Or maybe you have a good-size yard, but it’s filled to the max. Your significant other has even made threats that start with: “If you buy one more plant, I’ll.…” Or perhaps you just like miniatures because they’re so darn cute!

It doesn’t matter what your story is: Nearly everyone can find a use for a small shrub. So many kinds are available that it may seem impossible to choose just one or two, but you’ll certainly have fun trying. Use our top 10 picks as your guide to the best of the best shrubs for small spaces.

Scarlet Beauty sweetspire

(Itea virginica, Zones 5 to 9)

If you’re looking to save a lot of space, look for the Little Henry sweetspire cultivar, growing just 18 to 24 inches high. For a little more height and lovely fragrant blooms, go for Scarlet Beauty (pictured here). It grows 3 to 4 feet.

Why we love it: The shape of the flowers—long 3-inch panicles—is distinctive and delightful.

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