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The Best Low-Maintenance Shrubs

By Laura Wallace Henderson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Choose low-maintenance shrubs to enhance your landscape.
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Low-maintenance shrubs reduce the amount of time you need to spend working in your yard. Several types of shrubs flourish with little attention, while increasing the beauty of your property. Choose shrubs by considering the existing soil and lighting conditions, as well as the characteristics of individual shrubs.

Sweet Pepperbush

This shrub adapts easily to most soil conditions, making it one of the best choices for a variety of soils. The sweet pepperbush prefers moist soil, but tolerates wet soils with poor drainage. It grows in both sunny and slightly shady areas, and produces fragrant blossoms in the middle of the summer. The foliage turns golden yellow in the autumn. It reaches a mature height between of between 3 and 8 feet.

Common Pearlbush

The common pearlbush grows to a height and width of between 6 and 10 feet. It produces upright, arching branches. Once established, this shrub tolerates droughts and arid conditions. This tough shrub adapts to a variety of soil conditions and thrives in a shrub border. The common pearlbush produces white blossoms in late April, adding floral beauty to a spring landscape.

Northern Bayberry

This shrub produces suckers and forms colonies, making it one of the best selections for mass plantings in many yards and parks. This semi-evergreen produces clusters of gray berries in the fall and thrives in poor soils. At a mature height and width of 5 to 12 feet, the northern bayberry forms a bushy, rounded shape in areas with full sun or light shade. This shrub tolerates soil compositions high in salt, and withstands periods of drought.

Flameleaf Sumac

The flameleaf sumac requires little care and thrives in neglected areas. It reaches a height and width of between 20 and 30 feet at maturity. Although it prefers well-drained soils, it tolerates infertile, dry and rocky soil compositions, making it an excellent choice for areas resistant to other types of plant growth.


About the Author


Laura Wallace Henderson, a professional freelance writer, began writing in 1989. Her articles appear online at Biz Mojo, Walden University and various other websites. She has served as the co-editor for "Kansas Women: Focus on Health." She continues to empower and encourage women everywhere by promoting health, career growth and business management skills.