How to Landscape With Small Flowering Shrubs


Many times we can look at our landscape and feel it looks bland. This problem is simple to fix by incorporating some small flowering shrubs into the landscape. They add beauty and privacy and are suitable for hedges, borders or specimen plantings. Depending on the species, many flowering shrubs give the extra benefit of attracting birds and butterflies as well as creating a habitat for the local wildlife. As when adding any new plant to the garden, be sure to select a variety that will grow in the climate and conditions you are offering.

Step 1

Use hardy and low-maintenance flowering shrubs to cut down on potential problems and expenses. Many shrubs such as viburnum, hibiscus, hydrangea and Indian hawthorn are low-maintenance, hardy, come in a variety of cultivars and give blooms for most of the year.

Step 2

Consider whether the small flowering shrub is an evergreen or deciduous when selecting a species to add to your garden. If you desire year-round foliage and privacy, you will not want to use a deciduous shrub that will be leafless for up to four months out of every year.

Step 3

Plant the small flowering shrubs in front of taller shrubs to give your garden a tiered effect. This will give your garden a balanced look and will work especially well if the taller plants are non-flowering evergreens. The flowering shrubs will bring your eye toward them.

Step 4

Use the small flowering shrubs to create a border. Plant them along driveways, pathways, around trees or on the outer portion of a flowerbed, creating a small hedge-like border. Consider the shrub's mature size when creating a space for them to grow so they have adequate room.

Step 5

Add small flowering shrubs to areas that require a little extra height. Place them behind groundcovers or annual flowers in the garden to balance it, add additional color and give the area a lush feel.

Step 6

Add small flowering shrubs that attract butterflies or hummingbirds, such as bush allamanda, to existing butterfly gardens. You will then have plants in your garden that will bloom year-round and will not require replacing every season, attracting more butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.

Step 7

Plant small flowering shrubs around and object in the yard such as an air conditioner to hide it and make the area more appealing to the eye. Use shrubs such as hibiscus that bloom year-round and space them approximately 2 to 3 feet from the unit you are trying to hide.

Step 8

Use the small flowering shrubs as a specimen in your garden. Planting several plants together in one spot, such as hydrangea or gardenia, will add color, fragrance and draw your attention to them when they are in bloom.

Step 9

Plant the small flowering shrubs into containers and place them around your patio, porch, deck or pool to give the area color. Use a container that is approximately three times larger than the shrub's root ball to give the plant adequate growing space.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowering shrubs
  • Shovel
  • Containers


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About this Author

Joyce Starr is a freelance writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawncare, gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.