Don’t Snub the Shrub | Part 3

Small Shrubs Can Have a Big Impact 

In this blog series Don’t Snub the Shrub, our expert gardeners will provide a variety of tips on ways to incorporate shrubs into your space.

When people think of shrubs, they often imagine large, imposing plants. However, there are many petite shrubs that can add unique textures and permanent shapes to your perennial garden. In this post, we’ll share some examples of smaller size shrubs to consider for your space. These petite shrubs are a great way to add interest and variety to your garden without taking up too much space. They can be used to create borders, fill in gaps, or add height to your flower beds. And because they are so small, they are relatively easy to care for.

  • Carpet roses, such as the Drift Rose, grow no more than 18 inches tall and spread to about 3 feet wide. They have small, delicate blooms that appear in clusters throughout the summer. 

  • Weigela shrubs come in many varieties, but some of the most petite ones include ‘Spilled Wine’ and ‘Vinho Verde.’ They grow 2-3 feet tall and wide and have showy flowers in shades of pink, red, or white. 

  • Hydrangeas also have some petite varieties, such as ‘Puffer Fish’ and ‘Fire Light Tidbit.’ They grow 2-3 feet tall and wide and have large, showy blooms in shades of pink, blue, or white.


  • Lilacs also have a petite varieties such as ‘Baby Kim.’ It grows 2-3 feet tall and wide and has fragrant, lilac-colored blooms in the spring.

Check out our tips on how to plan a shrub space. Need help? Our expert garden team is here for you. Send us an email to


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