Fast-Growing Shrubs


to Plant This Fall

This forgiving variety grows like a shrub and takes the guesswork out of rose care.

1. Knock Out Roses  (Rosa hybrida)

Laurel can be grown as a single landscaping accent or in a group to form a thick fast-growing hedge. It can also be pruned into a beautiful topiary.

2. Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

It quickly grows to heights of 10 to 15 feet, and blooms with white fragrant flowers from late spring to late summer.

3. Privet (Ligustrum lucidum)

Its dense vegetation is well suited as a privacy hedge—the shrub fills out quickly, growing up to 2 feet per year.

5. Firethorn  (Pyracantha koidzumii)

During the winter to early spring, you’ll enjoy a colorful display of pale pink buds, which bloom into fragrant white flower clusters until the end of spring.

7. Laurustine (Viburnum tinus)

This low-maintenance shrub is equally attractive as a colorful landscape accent or, given that it can reach a height of 10 feet, when grown as a hedge.

8. Forsythia (Forsythia)

They’re an artificial hybrid shrub that’s a cross between Spirea trilobata and Spirea cantoniensis.

10. Spirea Renaissance  (Spiraea x vanhouttei)

Hummingbirds and butterflies often flock to this fast-growing shrub’s blooms.

12. Elderberry  (Sambucus canadensis)

When in full bloom in the spring and summer, the plant displays showy white flowers that smell heavenly, making it ideal for planting along patios and other areas where you can regularly enjoy its fragrance.

13. Mock orange  (Philadelphus coronarius)

These berries are beautiful and edible, and while they don’t have a very strong flavor, some gardeners make jam out of the berries.

15. Beautyberry  (Callicarpa americana)

The showy flowers also come in cream, purple, and burgundy hues.

17. Pink Mulhy Grass  (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Ninebark is a spreading, fast-growing shrub, which makes it ideal for ground cover, borders and informal hedges.

18. Ninebark  (Physocarpus opulifolius)

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