Small Shrubs – 10 You Need In Your Yard

Today we are going to talk about 10 different shrubs that are considered “dwarf” “miniature”, “small” or “tiny”. Small shrubs are those kinds of plants that are simple to tuck into your garden, especially in small spaces where we want them to have some impressive form but not necessarily take up an enormous amount of space. The small shrubs are:

  1. Baby Kim Lilac
  2. Cesky Gold Dwarf Birch
  3. Fire Light Tidbit Hydrangea
  4. Pollypetite Rose of Sharon
  5. Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush
  6. Sugar Baby Forsythia
  7. Tater Tot Arborvitae
  8. Tiny Wine Ninebark
  9. Wabi-Sabi Viburnum
  10. Winecraft Black Smokebush
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1. Baby Kim Lilac

Now you may be familiar with Miss Kim Lilac which is an old-fashioned favourite which can get rather tall (8-10ft in some cases and 8ft wide) but did you know that there is also a Baby Kim? This lilac stays small, only getting to be about 2.5 to 3 feet tall and wide. It’s perfect for small gardens or as an accent in larger gardens.

The flowers are a light lavender hue and do not fade to white, which means they remain constant in color. The fact that they stay so small and prefer high ph soil makes them ideal for small spaces. A champion in anyone’s book!

At A Glance

  • Bloom on old wood from mid to late spring
  • Needs full sun but can also tolerate partial shade.
  • It is a low maintenance shrub that attracts butterflies and is deer resistant.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: zones three through eight.
  • No need to prune but you can immediately after they bloom.

Origin: Canada, United States – hybrid of Miss Kim Lilac (Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’) and Dwarf Korean Lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) cultivars. Introduced by Proven Winners in 2007.

baby kim lilac

2. Cesky Gold Dwarf Birch

A cold-tolerant dwarf birch known as Cesky Gold dwarf birch is a particularly hardy variety. In the fall, warm tones of yellow, crimson, and orange emerge in new growth, while cheerful chartreuse foliage provides the plant through the season. Allow it to develop naturally in its lovely fan-like form or trim it into a design like a low hedge if you wish to enjoy its attractive form.

An amazing thing about these shrubs is that when they push new growth they have autumn-like gues to the leaves which means colours like reds, yellows and oranges. The colours then mellow out to a paler green colour as the temperature rises.

At A Glance

  • Needs partial or full sun
  • 24-48 inches in height
  • Extremely cold tolerant
  • Deer resistant
  • All year, the colors in the foliage are fascinating.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: zones two through seven.
Cesky Gold Dwarf Birch

3. Fire Light Tidbit Hydrangea

This small shrub only gets to be about two-three feet tall but it packs a big punch with its light pink flowers that appear in summer and last all the way until fall. It’s perfect for small spaces and is very low maintenance. You can plant them when it is hot during the summer, where they are resistant to wind and dips in temperature.

They are incredibly hardy in dry, humid conditions and will even tolerate some shade. They have soccer ball type blooms that are incredibly vibrant and will add some serious color to your small space. This shrub is perfect for small spaces, mass plantings, and even as a border plant. The compact, rounded form is perfect for adding charm to any area in your yard! It develops as a neat little globe of aromatic, broadleaf evergreen foliage naturally.

At A Glance

  • Extremely sun-tolerant
  • The leaves turn into a yellow colour and then slowly turn into more orangey colors.
  • Deer resistant
  • Tolerate a large range of soil types.
  • fertilize once per year
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: three through eight
  • Flowers on new wood.
  • Prune in late winter or early spring.

Origin: United States – hybrid of ‘Annabelle’ (H. arborescens) and ‘PeeGee’ (H. paniculata) cultivars, introduced by Proven Winners in 2006.

Fire Light Tidbit Hydrangea

4. Pollypetite Rose of Sharon

The variety is ideal for growing on the side of a building or fence, as well as for accenting an entryway. It grows without pruning in an attractive 3-4′ (.9-1.2 m) tall and wide shape. In the summer, it’s drenched in lavender-pink flowers floating over the beautiful dark blue-green leaves. This strange hibiscus has virtually no seeds, so there will be no pesky seedlings sprouting up all over your yard. It’s a long-term, very little maintenance way to add color to your garden throughout the summer months.

At A Glance

  • Heat tolerant
  • Drought tolerant
  • Deer resistant
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: five through nine

5. Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush

The bushes are tiny and deciduous, growing to be no more than 18-24 inches tall. We’ve had a few of these in the past and they generally start blooming in the middle of summer but may start blooming a little earlier in comparison to some of your other plants.

You can place them in small areas of your garden or even in pots. They are perfect for small spaces because they don’t take up a lot of room and they can provide you with an abundance of colour alongside your other small low maintenance shrubs.

At A Glance

  • The pink blooms of this butterfly bush open up earlier than those of other varieties.
  • Need full sun (at least 6-8 hours)
  • Blooms on new wood.
  • non-invasive
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: five through nine
  • Fragrant Flower
  • Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
  • Long Blooming
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Deadheading Not Necessary
  • Drought Tolerant.
  • Dont do well in wet areas.

Origin: United States – cultivar of ‘Lo & Behold’ (Buddleja davidii) introduced by Proven Winners in 2009.

Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush

6. Sugar Baby Forsythia

This spring-blooming variety grows to be between 1.5 feet and three feet tall, with low shrubs and tiny yellow flowers in early spring. It’s a dwarf plant that produces some of the most beautiful blooms in the garden. The bright yellow blooms are quite lovely.

When it blooms in the spring, there are blooms from the base of the plant all the way up to the very top. It’s so packed with blooms they’re practically spilling out! The small size of this shrub makes it perfect for small spaces, as well as mass plantings and borders. It’s quite a tough little plant and is deer resistant.

At A Glance

  • Grows to be between one and a half feet to three feet tall
  • Bloom on old wood.
  • Prefers loose, well-drained soil, but it is extremely adaptable. Suitable for low light conditions and air pollution.
  • It is not necessary to prune this plant too much. Pruning is best done as soon as the blooms have withered. Old stems can be cut to the ground.
  • Fertilize in the spring.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: five-eight.

7. Tater Tot Arborvitae

Now, this particular small shrub is known by many names including Thuya Occidentalis, American or Eastern Arborvitae or Eastern White Cedar. It’s a small, slow-growing evergreen that only gets to be about two feet tall and three feet wide. It is perfect for small hedges, edging gardens or around other perennials.

When you think of an Arvada, you probably imagine a tall and narrow sort of evergreen. This one is tiny and round, hence the name “tater tot,” thus it’s no surprise that they’re delicate and aromatic. They have a wonderful scent and stay in that small spherical form.

At A Glance

  • Tater Tots can handle full sun (6-8 hours) but also does ok in partial shade with well-draining soil but try to find a balance with moist soil.
  • It is deer resistant and has no serious insect or disease problems.
  • Use mulch around the shrub of 2-3 inches.
  • This shrub is low maintenance and doesn’t need to be pruned.
  • Incredibly Winter Hardy
  • Tougher than a boxwood (which prefers zone 5-6)
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: zones three through seven.

Origin: the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada – Newfoundland south to Virginia, west to Michigan, Illinois & Iowa.

The name “Arborvitae” comes from the Latin for “tree of life” because many Indigenous peoples used different parts of this tree for food, shelter, and medicine.

A good tip is when you’re growing shrubs or perennials in a container and want them to survive the winter, choose something that’s two zones colder than your current growing zone.

8. Tiny Wine Ninebark

Winebarks are a fantastic shrub overall. Despite the fact that there are numerous other shrubs with vivid green leaves, sometimes we want a little more contrast in terms of color and the Tiny Wine Ninebark delivers a completely new dimension.

In late spring, the white flowers contrast dramatically with the dark bronze-maroon leaves, which are colorful all year. The flower display is excellent, with tiny spent flowers forming up and down the stem in a spectacular show. This robust plant may be used in gardens throughout the year and makes beautiful table decorations as well.

At A Glance

  • On old wood, they bloom.
  • Bloom Time:  Early Spring, Mid Spring, Late Spring
  • Requires full sun
  • After blooming, trim lightly (ninebarks look best when they are not overly pruned)
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: zones three through seven.
Tiny Wine Ninebark

9. Wabi-Sabi Viburnum

The reason why we love this variation of the viburnum so much is that it always seems to thrive no matter the conditions and is a dwarf version of the popular “Doublefile Viburnum”. It’s a small, compact plant that reaches between two and three feet in height and 3-4 feet in width. It is perfect for small gardens, as well as mass plantings or borders.

The blooms of this shrub have a delicate disk-like appearance but grow quite large in size! They will be a beautiful, white colour and are incredibly fragrant. The best part is that they appear in early spring, just as the weather is starting to warm up.

The compact, low-growing variation of the doublefile viburnum (Viburnum opulus var. compacta) has a unique look that you’ll love in the front of beds, on walls, or along walkways. Each limb features huge, pure white lacecap blooms, giving the plant a powerful horizontal presence that adds a sophisticated structure to your garden.

Viburnum blooms can be divided into two categories, according to how they look (similar to how hydrangeas may be classified). You’ve got your mop head variety blooms, which resemble the shape of a huge snowball, and then you’ve got lace cap type blooms, which are represented by the wabi-sabi appearance.

At A Glance

  • Full sun (at least 6-8 hours).
  • Grows 2-3 feet tall.
  • Small, compact viburnum that can fit into a tiny space.
  • In the spring, showy white blooms appear.
  • Little to no maintenance is required.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: zones five through eight.

10. Winecraft Black Smokebush

This is a unique shrub. In the spring, glossy purple-green leaves appear, but as summer’s heat rises, they turn deep black and then glow in numerous hues of red and orange in the fall. In late spring, huge fluffy blooms with a delicate misty “smoke” emerge that distinguishes this popular landscape plant from others.

It has a natural rounded, compact growth habit unlike other smokebushes, allowing it to fit in every landscaping without sacrificing beauty or elegance. It grows 4-7 feet tall and wide, making it a perfect small shrub for the front of beds, or as an accent or foundation planting.

At A Glance

  • Requires full sun
  • Unique small shrub with black leaves.
  • In the spring, glossy purple-green leaves appear.
  • As summer’s heat rises, they turn deep black.
  • In late spring, huge fluffy blooms with a delicate misty “smoke” emerge.
  • It has a natural rounded, compact growth habit unlike other smokebushes.
  • Grows four to seven feet tall and wide.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: four through eight.
Winecraft Black Smokebush

Conclusion

The 10 shrubs we have spoken about have all been cultivated in our gardens, while two of them, though newer varieties, are still considered to be in the tiny category which we loved showing. If you are looking for small shrubs for your yard then make sure you have a look at these below:

  1. Baby Kim Lilac
  2. Cesky Gold Dwarf Birch
  3. Fire Light Tidbit Hydrangea
  4. Pollypetite Rose of Sharon
  5. Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush
  6. Sugar Baby Forsythia
  7. Tater Tot Arborvitae
  8. Tiny Wine Ninebark
  9. Wabi-Sabi Viburnum
  10. Winecraft Black Smokebush
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People Also Ask

What small shrubs bloom all summer?

Disease-resistant, easy-growing plants produce gorgeous flowers all summer and fall on beautiful shrub roses. Shrub rose varieties come in a variety of hues, including pinks, reds, whites, and yellows.

Is there a bush that flowers all summer?

The crape myrtle is a bush that flowers all summer. It is a popular choice for landscaping because it is easy to care for and has showy flowers in a variety of colors. The crape myrtle can be pruned into a small tree or left as a bush.

What are dwarf plants?

Dwarfs are small-growing plants that reach a height of 1 to 6 inches per year or can reach a length of up to 10 feet over ten to 15 years. Dwarfs are wonderful for keeping a low-maintenance landscape because they don’t require pruning and maintenance as larger, faster-growing bushes do.

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