Great Shrubs for Dry Soils in New England

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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!

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 – 7  
Heat Zones 1 – 3
Plant TypeShrubs
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil DrainageWell-Drained
CharacteristicsCut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
AttractsBirds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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