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.

Goldflame spirea

(Spiraea x bumalda, Zones 4 to 8)

You can find a slew of compact spirea, but this Goldflame cultivar is one of our favorites. It starts off with bronze new growth, which matures to a yellowish green in summer. Then come the summer flowers, and after that the leaves turn orange in fall. Grow in full sun.

Why we love it: With its changeable, brightly colored leaves, it’s not your typical shrub.

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