Types of Shrubs For Your Landscape

Amazing Garden Shrubs to Showcase Your Home

A small Slender Deutzia bush in full bloom covered with white flowers

There are many types of shrubs, bushes and garden hedges you can use in your gardens and landscapes. It all depends on the size, color, texture and shape you want to use.

Here are a few different plants that you can add to your landscape.

Types of Shrubs


Hydrangea Shrub (Hydrangea)

Large bright pink flowers covering this Hydrangea shrub

Often called a snowball bush because of the big round flower clusters that fill the plant in the summer. This fabulous fast growing garden shrub can be grown in sun or shade.

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Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

Purple coloured flowers with lots of butterflies collecting nectar from the flowers of this butterfly bush.

One of the longest blooming shrubs with clusters of flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. It's a fast growing shrub that can benefit from a light pruning in early spring.

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Weigela Plant (Weigela florida)

Lots of pink bell-shaped flowers on this weigela plant.

For best blooming, Weigela plants like to be in full sun but can tolerate some light shade. They can grow from 4 to 10 feet tall and wide and look incredible when in full bloom with their tiny trumpet-like flowers. They also attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

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Common Lilac Bushes (Syringa)

Lilac Bush loaded with pinkish purple flower clusters.

The smell of lilac bushes is what attracts most people to these awesome plants. The ones I grow only get to about 5 to 8 feet tall and not as wide which are on the dwarf side of lilacs. 

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Spirea Bush (Spiraea japonica)

Small clusters of light pink flowers cover this spirea bush.

Depending on the variety a Spirea bush can grow any where from 2 to 10 feet tall and wide in full sun. They are easy to care for and fast growing condensed shrub that will look great in any garden or landscape.

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Forsythia Bush (Forsythia x intermedia)

Bright yellow flowers on the bare stems of this Forsythia bush.

With its bright yellow flowers that bloom in early to mid spring, it is a reliable sign that spring is in the air. Maxing out at about 8 to 10 feet tall and wide, they are fast growing shrub that should be pruned right after flowering.

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Viburnum Bush (Viburnum)

Viburnum Bush covered in large white snowball flowers

Another great garden fast growing bush for full sun to part shade and can also be considered a snowball bush with puff ball-like flower clusters that cover the shrub.

Salt tolerant.


Rose of Sharon Bush (Hibiscus syriacus)

Rose of Sharon bush full of light purple flowers with reddish throats.

With striking large flowers in late summer to late fall, this low maintenance bush will compliment any garden. They can grow to about 8 to 10 feet tall and about 6 to 10 feet wide if planted in full sun.

Salt and Juglan (Walnut trees) tolerant.


Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

Beauty Bush full of small pinkish coloured flowers

If you are looking for a deer and rabbit and also disease resistant garden shrub, this is it. Beautiful pink flowers from May into June, this Beauty bush shrub is something to consider.

Drought tolerant.


Potentilla fruticosa (Potentilla fruticosa)

Potentilla shrub with beautiful peachy coloured flowers and reddish orange centers.

Quickly growing only to about 2-4 feet tall and wide, this low maintenance shrub makes a great attraction to a small garden as ground cover. Gorgeous flowers cover it from late spring until frost.

It's also drought and salt tolerant.


Deutzia (Deutzia)

Masses of small white flowers covering this Deutzia plant

Deutzia will grow 3 to 4 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide. It gets covered with small white flowers that last a couple of weeks during the spring. Pruning should be done right after the flowers are done blooming as this plant blooms on old wood.



Purple leaf Sand cherry (Prunus x cistena)

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry covered with light pink flowers.

Add some colour to your yard with the purple leaves and the springtime flowers. This low maintenance garden shrub can be grown in full sun or part shade.

It's also salt and drought tolerant.

Non-Flowering Types of Shrubs

Barberries (Berberis thunbergii)

Red Barberry Shrub with small red berries

A low maintenance, slow growing shrub that is great as a hedge or stand alone specimen plant. The small berries have a tart flavour that has medical benefits. 

Drought and salt tolerant.


Euonymus fortunei (Euonymus)

Euonymus shrub with green and yellow variegated leaves.

With variegated green and gold leaves, these year round types of low maintenance shrubs can be used as a climber, ground cover or even a hedge. Some can even grow as large as 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide.

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Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)

Cotoneaster full of red berries

If you are looking for a ground cover you might consider this low and fast growing shrub. The berries produced in fall are a great food source for birds during the winter.


Golden Privet (Ligustrum x vicaryi)

Golden Privet with a light greenish yellow leaves.

This golden leaved slow growing shrub looks best when planted in full sun and will grow to about 10 feet tall. In milder winter the leaves will remain but typically it is a deciduous shrub. It's blooms are small white clusters of flowers that appear during summer.

Drought tolerant.


Dogwood Bush (Cornus alba)

Dogwood Bush stems of bright red for winter interest.

If you are looking for types of shrubs that are native to Ontario, this is one. It adds great winter interest with its red stems that really stand out in the snow. It can grow as large as 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide or trimmed back to around 4 feet.

It's fast growing and Salt tolerant.


Yew Shrub (Taxus)

Branch from a Yew Shrub with red berries

Great for making a hedge, border or just by themselves. Adding one to your landscape will give you added texture and attract wildlife. 

It's slow growing, low maintenance, drought tolerant, and can be poisonous.


These are the types of shrubs I currently offer. Keep checking back as I am always adding new plants to my landscape.


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