How to Garden Low Flowering Shrubs


Shrubs provide attractive and functional plants for many landscape applications. These plants serve as living fences between garden and lawns areas, as well as enhance backgrounds and flower beds. Many varieties of shrubs produce attractive flowers at different times of the year, maintain a compact size and remain low to the ground. These flowering shrubs provide attractive borders along walkways and driveways. Garden with low-flowering shrubs to enhance areas within yards and landscapes.

Step 1

Select flowering shrubs to enhance your current landscape design. Choose varieties suitable for your particular climate. Select flowering shrubs in colors that complement your current color scheme, especially when placing near flower beds or other flowering shrubs or trees. Most varieties of flowering shrubs require full sun to partial shade. Low-growing, flowering shrubs include varieties such as azaleas rose bushes, some types of forsythia and Japanese honeysuckle. Select these varieties for the attractive blossoms during their individual blooming seasons and colorful foliage throughout the growing season.

Step 2

Test the soil in your chosen planting site. Soil tests provide accurate information regarding current soil composition, as well as suggest additives necessary to improve to poor soils. Purchase a test kit from your local garden center.

Step 3

Prepare your planting site for your low-growing shrubs by removing current vegetation and loosening existing soil Add any soil additives recommended by your soil test results. Apply clean compost to encourage moisture retention and reduce soil compaction. Use a shovel and garden rake to thoroughly loosen the soil and incorporate additives.

Step 4

Dig the holes for your flowering shrubs. Have holes dug before the arrival of your shrubs. Low-growing varieties create a compact hedge when placed close together along borders and walkways. Dig each hole large enough to allow adequate space for root growth. Provide at least 12 inches more space than the width of the root ball. Carefully place the roots in the hole and backfill with your prepared soil to provide nutrition at the roots. Keep the top of the root ball level with the surrounding soil. Firmly pack the soil around the flowering shrubs to remove air pockets.

Step 5

Encourage healthy growth through continued care. Water your new shrubs regularly during the first season to strengthen roots. Trim away wilted blossoms on your flowering shrubs to encourage new blooms. Prune your low-growing shrubs after they go dormant in the fall to maintain size and shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test kit
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Garden rake
  • Pruning shears


  • West Virginia University Extension: Planting Trees and Shrubs
  • Texas A&M University: Small Shrubs
Keywords: flowering shrubs, low-growing shrubs, landscape plants

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