Hardy shrubs are important elements in New England gardens. They add depth and character to any garden and not only provide lovely blooms, but also attractive berries, showy fall color and food for the birds.
Do not despair if your garden is affected by dry soil conditions. There are plenty of beautiful shrubs for difficult sites like yours.
If your soil is sandy and tends to drain quickly, you may want to add plenty of organic matter to improve its moisture-holding capacity.
Below is the list of shrub species and cultivars that cope better than most with dry conditions. Remember to provide them with plenty of water after planting them in order to get them well established.
As you will note, some are top performers and have received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society!