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Shrubs

Key elements of many garden designs!

Adding interest and color throughout the seasons, shrubs are essential elements of many garden designs. The permanent structure associated with the wide array of size, flowers, foliage and fruits make them very desirable components of any plantings. There are flowering shrubs for almost every month of the year. You may want to create a year-round display and select beautiful shrubs to create dramatic spring, summer, fall or winter schemes. Check our list of shrubs and browse our fabulous garden ideas to get inspired. Before selecting any shrubs for your garden, remember to check that they are well-suited to your climate, sun exposure and soil conditions.


Shrubs Guides


Paeonia lactiflora 'Sword Dance' (Peony)

A peony of striking Japanese form, Peony 'Sword Dance' produces large, brilliant flowers with magenta-red petals surrounding an impressive center of golden-yellow staminodes streaked with red.

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Paeonia lactiflora 'Tom Eckhardt' (Peony)

Fragrant, Peony 'Tom Eckhardt' (Paeonia lactiflora) is a Japanese form Peony with bright and cheerful rose-red petals surrounding a glowing center of golden-yellow, orange and rose-red staminodes.

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Paeonia lactiflora 'Topeka Garnet' (Peony)

Award-winner Peony 'Topeka Garnet' (Paeonia lactiflora) is an outstanding dark red Peony with garnet-colored single flowers featuring velvety, deep red petals surrounding a small tuft of golden-yellow stamens.

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Paeonia lactiflora 'Whopper' (Peony)

Slightly fragrant, Peony 'Whopper' (Paeonia lactiflora) produces remarkable, large, satin pink flowers, 6 in. wide (15 cm), with gently ruffled guard petals surmounted by a ring of creamy-yellow petaloids

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Paeonia officinalis 'Rosea Plena' (Peony)

Among the first Peonies to bloom, award-winner Peony 'Rosea Plena' is a variety of peony which never fails to draw attention.

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Paeonia tenuifolia (Fernleaf Peony)

One of the earliest peonies to flower in the spring, Paeonia tenuifolia (Fernleaf Peony) is a shrubby, herbaceous perennial adorned with finely-divided, feathery foliage and eye-catching single flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm).

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Perovskia 'Blue Spire' (Russian Sage)

Award-winning Perovskia 'Blue Spire' is an erect multi-stemmed, sub-shrub or deciduous perennial with fuzzy clusters of small violet-blue flowers, borne on thin white stems, clad with finely-dissected, aromatic gray-green leaves. Blooming for weeks from mid-summer to fall, this delicate-looking plant is a toughy that is resistant to drought, heat, pests and poor soils.

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Perovskia 'Little Spire' (Russian Sage)

Perovskia 'Little Spire' (Russian Sage) is a compact, erect, multi-stemmed, sub-shrub or deciduous perennial with terminal panicles of small violet-blue flowers, borne on thin white stems, clad with finely-dissected, aromatic gray-green leaves. Blooming for weeks from mid-summer to fall, this delicate-looking plant is a toughy that is resistant to drought, heat, pests and poor soils.

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Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) is a bushy, woody-based deciduous perennial with long terminal panicles of small, lavender-blue flowers, borne on thin white stems, clad with finely-dissected, aromatic gray-green leaves. Blooming for weeks from mid-summer to fall, this delicate-looking plant is a toughy that is resistant to drought, heat, pests and poor soils.

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Philadelphus 'Avalanche' (Mock Orange)

Regarded as one of the most fragrant of all Mock Oranges, Philadelphus 'Avalanche' is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub of great beauty when in bloom. In late spring to early summer, its pleasantly arching branches bear clusters of cup-shaped, 4-petaled, white flowers, 1 in.across (2.5 cm), at their tips.

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Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)

Award-winning Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage) is a small spreading semi-evergreen shrub with architectural whorls of deep golden-yellow, hooded flowers borne along the upper half and at the tips of erect stems in early summer. Additional flushes of bloom may occur throughout the growing season if the stems are promptly cut back after flowering.

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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' (Ninebark)

A vibrant player in the landscape for the length of the growing season, award-winning Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' is a stunning purple-leaved ninebark cultivar with an exquisite fountain shape and incredibly decorative exfoliating bark.

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Picea abies 'Gold Drift' (Norway Spruce)

Adding color and drama to the garden, Picea abies 'Gold Drift' (Norway Spruce) is a striking, evergreen shrub or tree of mounding or weeping habit. Its pendulous branches are densely covered with bright lime green needles in spring, turning brilliant yellow if fully exposed to the sun. The intensity of the sun may burn the foliage when young, a tendency that decreases with age.

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Picea abies 'Inversa' (Norway Spruce)

Strong-growing, Picea abies 'Inversa', often called 'Pendula' (Norway Spruce), is a large, evergreen shrub of mounding, arching or weeping habit, densely covered with glossy, dark green needles. Vigorous, it tends to stay low unless trained upright on a stake. It may be trained to grow up to a desired height and then allowed to gracefully weep, with its branches clinging tightly to the main stem.

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Picea abies 'Little Gem' (Norway Spruce)

Deservedly desirable, Picea abies 'Little Gem' (Norway Spruce) is a dwarf, evergreen shrub of dense habit forming a flattened globe or bun. Its short branches are covered with finely textured, soft, tiny needles, emerging bright green in spring and turning dark green over time. A slow grower, 1 in. per year (2.5 cm), this popular miniature Norway Spruce is a wonderful addition to rock gardens and containers.

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Picea abies 'Nidiformis' (Norway Spruce)

Resembling a bird's nest, Picea abies 'Nidiformis' (Norway Spruce) is a dwarf, spreading, evergreen shrub adorned with a depression in the middle of its flat top. This broadly rounded, symmetrical Spruce produces dense, horizontal layers of branches covered with refreshing, light-green, short needles. A slow grower, 1-6 in. per year (2-15 cm), this widely popular Norway Spruce makes a great garden rock or foundation plant. A very old cultivar introduced in the early 1900s.

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Picea abies 'Pumila' (Norway Spruce)

Introduced in the 1850s, Picea abies 'Pumila' (Norway Spruce) is a dwarf, evergreen shrub forming a charming flat-topped cushion. Its lower branches tend to spread outward, while its upper branches tend to spread upward. They are densely covered with attractive, bright green needles. A slow grower, 3-5 in. per year (7-12 cm), this Norway Spruce is perfect as a specimen, for foundation plantings or rock gardens.

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Picea abies 'Pusch' (Norway Spruce)

Picea abies 'Pusch' (Norway Spruce) is a dwarf, spreading, evergreen shrub of globose habit when young, becoming more upright over time. It is prized for its abundant red cones which adorn most of the branch tips in spring, creating a terrific display in the garden. As the season progresses, the cones mature to pale brown and persist until late winter.

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Picea abies 'Sherwoodii' (Norway Spruce)

Extremely variable in structure, Picea abies 'Sherwoodii' (Norway Spruce) can be a conifer of conical or spreading habit. It can grow as a pyramidal tree with strongly ascending branches or develop into a broadly spreading shrub. Its branches are densely covered with light green needles and many soft brown shoots. A slow grower, 4-6 in. per year (10-15 cm), this Norway Spruce is perfect as a specimen, for foundation plantings or as a thick hedge

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Picea abies 'Tompa' (Norway Spruce)

Picea abies 'Tompa' (Norway Spruce) is a dwarf, evergreen shrub of conical habit, with ascending branches densely covered with attractive, fresh green needles. A slow grower, 1 in. per year (2 cm), this Norway Spruce is perfect as a specimen, for foundation plantings or rock gardens.

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Picea abies 'Wills Zwerg' (Norway Spruce)

Picea abies 'Wills Zwerg' (Norway Spruce) is a dwarf, compact, upright conical, evergreen conifer adorned with short, stiff, bright green needles. A slow grower, 2-3 in. per year (5-7 cm), this is a great addition to any garden settings, including small gardens.

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Picea abies 'Witches' Brood' (Norway Spruce)

Picea abies 'Witches’ Brood' (Norway Spruce) is a dwarf, evergreen shrub forming a charming globe when young, becoming broadly conical over time. Reminiscent of ostrich feathers, its perfectly symmetrical branches are densely covered with finely textured, light green needles. A slow grower, 2 in. per year (5 cm), this Norway Spruce is perfect as a specimen, for foundation plantings or rock gardens.

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Picea glauca 'Echiniformis' (White Spruce)

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Alberta Globe' (White Spruce) is a dwarf, ball-shaped, dense evergreen conifer with perfectly uniform branching. Emerging light green, its fine needles turn to glue-green as they mature. A slow grower, 2 in. per year (5 cm), this Dwarf White Spruce makes a glorious accent in the rock garden.

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Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Alberta Globe' (White Spruce)

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Alberta Globe' (White Spruce) is a dwarf, ball-shaped, dense evergreen conifer with perfectly uniform branching. Emerging light green, its fine needles turn to glue-green as they mature. A slow grower, 2 in. per year (5 cm), this Dwarf White Spruce makes a glorious accent in the rock garden.

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