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.

Hummingbird Summersweet clethra

(Clethra alnifolia, Zones 4 to 9)

Clethra is a popular shrub known for its fragrance, shade tolerance and bright summer blooms. Most clethras grow 8 to 12 feet, but now you can have this beauty in your own small space with this compact version, which reaches only 2 to 5 feet.

Why we love it: It will tolerate full shade—ideal for gardeners with lots of dark areas in their backyard.

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