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Flowering Bushes & Shrubs Under 3 Feet

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Gardeners often use flowering bushes and shrubs for a variety of landscaping purposes. Many of them grow no more than 3 feet tall. Regardless of height, these flowering shrubs and bushes still give an attractive appeal to almost any area.


The cinquefoil is a flowering shrub that only grows 2 to 3 feet tall. It grows best in rich, well-drained soil. In June, white, yellow or pink flowers cover the plant.

Coyote Brush

An evergreen flowering shrub, Coyote brush grows rapidly. It normally grows 2 to 3 feet tall. From July to October, small clusters of yellow and white flowers, and tiny, bright green leaves cover this shrub.

Wren Rhododendron

The wren rhododendron is quite possibly one of the smallest of all flowering shrubs. It grows close to the ground at only 12 inches tall. The small flowers bloom in mounds of bright yellow blooms.

Rose Daphne

Another low-growing evergreen shrub, the Rose Daphne reaches a height of only 1 foot. In the spring, fragrant pink blossoms that bloom a second time in the summer, cover this shrub.

Easy-care Flowering Shrubs And Bushes

Some shrubs tolerate long gaps in watering when the rain does not fall or the gardener forgets to water them. These plants grow well in dry locations and tolerate drought. It blooms with large, yellow-centered white blossoms marked with magenta. Blue Skies lilac (Syringa vulgaris “Monore”) blooms well in areas with mild winters, producing clusters of lavender-blue flowers in the spring without winter chilling. This deciduous shrub grows well in USDA zones 3 through 8, reaching 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. This evergreen reaches 6 to 12 inches tall and wide and sports yellow-orange spring flowers and silvery black berries in the autumn. These are places where young trees cast more shade as they grow over time. Shrubs that tolerate poor soil grow well in sandy and clay soils. For example, purple rock rose (Cistus x purpureus) tolerates poor soil and drought with little care. It is hardy in USDA zones 8 through 10.

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