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Types of Shrubs For Your Garden and Landscape

A Slender Deutzia bush in full bloom covered in 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


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Attracts Wildlife
Deer Resistant

(Weigela florida) - 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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Full Sun
Attracts Wildlife

(Spiraea japonica) - 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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Full Sun
Part Sun

(Forsythia x intermedia) - 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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Full Sun
Part Sun
Full Shade

(Hydrangea) - 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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Full Sun
Attract Wildlife
Deer Resistant

(Buddleia davidii) - 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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Cotoneaster full of red berriesCotoneaster
Full Sun
Part Sun
Full Shade
Attracts Wildlife

(Cotoneaster dammeri) - 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.


Full Sun
Part Shade
Attracts Wildlife
Deer Resistant

(Syringa) - 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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Viburnum Bush covered in large white snowball flowersViburnum Bush
Full Sun
Part Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Deer Resistant

(Viburnum) - Another great garden fast growing shrub 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 full of purple coloured flowers.Rose of Sharon Bush
Full Sun
Part Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Deer Resistant

(Hibiscus syriacus) - With striking large flowers in late summer to late fall, this low maintenance shrub 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.


Rosa Rugosa shrub with large bright pink flowerRugosa Rose Bush
Full Sun
Attracts Wildlife

(Rosa Rugosa) - A pest free, low maintenance rose bush that can tolerate very cold temperatures. Growing to 4-6 feet tall and wide, it would make a great specimen plant in your yard.

Drought, heat and salt tolerant.


beauty Bush full of pinkish coloured flowersBeauty Bush
Full Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant

(Kolkwitzia amabilis) - 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 Beautybush shrub is something to consider.

Drought tolerant.


Potentilla shrub with beautiful peachy coloured flowers and reddish orange centers.Potentilla Shrub
Full Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Deer Resistant

(Potentilla fruticosa) - 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.


Purpleleaf Sandcherry with pinkish coloured flowers.Purpleleaf Sandcherry
Full Sun
Part Sun
Attracts Wildlife

(Prunus x cistena) - 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

Red Barberry Shrub with small red berriesBarberry Shrub
Full Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant

(Berberis thunbergii) - 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.


Full Sun
Part Sun
Attracts Wildlife

(Euonymus) - 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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Golden Privet with a light greenish colour.Golden Privet
Full Sun
Part Sun
Attracts Wildlife

(Ligustrum x vicaryi) - 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 stems of bright red for winter interest.Dogwood Bush
Full Sun
Part Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Ontario Native Plant

(Cornus alba) - 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 with red berriesYew Shrub
Full Sun
Part Sun
Full Shade
Attracts Wildlife

(Taxus) - 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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