Hundreds of types of dwarf shrubs exist; the choices are limited only by the space and style of the gardener who will be growing the shrubs. Some deciduous and evergreen shrubs offer a profusion of blooms each spring and summer; others show bright colors only in the fall; and other shrubs stay green throughout the year. Dwarf blooming shrubs make a nice statement when planted along a walkway or next to a building foundation.
Dwarf Evergreen Shrubs
Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda') has small white flowers in the spring and glossy, dark green evergreen leaves. Dwarf Chinese holly reaches between two and four feet with a spread of up to four feet.
Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parvifolia) is a Texas native that only grows to three feet tall but may spread to five feet wide. Hesperaloe parvifolia begin blooming in spring and continue until early fall with tall red flower spikes that attract wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has small blue flowers throughout the spring and summer seasons in spite of the heat and humidity of Texas. Rosmarinus officinalis can reach five feet tall but can is best kept trimmed back to around three feet in height. R. officinalis foliage is scented.
Dwarf Gardenia Shrubs
Creeping Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans') has a spreading growth habit, as opposed to other dwarf shrubs, which tend toward a mounding habit. Creeping Gardenia reaches three feet tall and can spread six feet. Leaves are evergreen and the plant is covered in pure white blooms beginning in spring and continuing into early summer.
Daisy Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy') grows to three feet tall and can spread to four feet. Daisy Gardenia has a mounding habit and blooms profusely in spring and early summer.
Dwarf Spirea Shrubs
Little Princess Spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess') has a mounding habit reaching only 2 1/2 feet tall and up to three feet wide. Flat-topped pink blooms appear from late spring through summer.
Spirea Crimson Glory (Spiraea x bumalda 'Coccinea') is a red-flowering spirea that packs a lot of punch for a small plant. The shrub has small blue-green leaves and deep red flowers. Crimson Glory Spirea only reaches three feet tall.
Spirea 'Shirobana' (Spiraea Japonica 'Shirobana') has a mounding habit with a height of between two and three feet and a spread of no more than three feet. Blooms vary from white to pink and pink-red, and sometimes two to three colors appear within the same bloom. Shirobana will bloom from late spring through summer.
Dwarf Weigela Shrubs
Weigela Minuet (Weigela florida 'Minuet') is a hardy shrub with fragrant, yellow-throated red flowers in the summer. Weigela florida Minuet remains under three feet tall at maturity.
Weigela Rumba (Weigela 'Rumba') is a semi-dwarf shrub that sometimes grows to four feet tall. This hard shrub blooms from early summer through early- to mid-fall.