The greatest cause of maintenance in small gardens is pruning to keep woody plants at a limited size. Proper plant selection ensures that the shrub is matched to the diameter of its growing space at maturity to eliminate maintenance. It should also meet height limitations to avoid crowding overhangs and eaves.

Crimson Pygmy Barberry

Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'

Dwarf Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruiticosa'

Dwarf Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster dammeri hybrids

Dwarf Broom

Genista pilosa 'Gold Flash'

Creeping Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'

Little Princess Spiraea

Spiraea 'Little Princess'

Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii'

Dwarf Japanese Juniper

Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'

Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica 'Harbour'

Wheeler's Dwarf Tobira

Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf'

The demand for small shrubs led contemporary plant breeders to yield new smaller versions of our more popular shrubs. Many of these feature the same leaves, flowers and fruits as their ancestor, but their height and diameter are vastly diminished.

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Small Yard Landscapes
Small Perennials
Accent Trees
Small Landscaping Trees

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