Best Shrubs

for the Front of the House

1. Boxwood

Best for: a manicured, neat appearance in partial or full sun

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2. Azalea

Azaleas feature dense, dark foliage crowned in the spring by vibrant blooms. They typically add a natural, informal style to landscapes.

Best for: adding bursts of spring color

3. Rhododendron

Because rhododendrons are evergreen and have larger leaves, these shrubs are sometimes used in privacy hedges. They produce flower clusters in white, pink, purple, red, or orange in spring.

Best for: specimen or screening plants

6. Juniper

Spreading up to 4 feet, junipers are perfect for foundation planting. While many types grow slowly, they can reach up to 6 feet tall.

Best for: low-effort winter color

8. Euonymus

These fast-growing shrubs can be left to grow freely in zones 5 to 9, easily topping 6 feet, or they can be manicured to shape or to form a hedge.

Best for: accentuating the yard with beautiful foliage or forming a compact hedge

9. Holly

This holiday favorite is a low-maintenance evergreen shrub with dark-green, glossy, notched leaves and bright red winter berries that attract birds.

Best for: producing pretty berries in winter and small flowers in spring

10. Weigela

Best for: spots with full sun, moist to well-draining soil, and plenty of room to spread

11. Forsythia

The bold yellow flowers of the forsythia herald the coming of springtime in many areas. It can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide, although its arching branches can be pruned to shape, making it an excellent choice for hedges.

Best for: locations with ample space to spread

13. Viburnum

A fast-growing native shrub that produces large “balls” of white flowers is the Viburnum. Across over 150 species, foliage ranges from glossy green to dull dark green, but it turns scarlet or purple in the fall.

Best for: large, fragrant, showy blooms

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