The Q&A Archives: new shrubs

Question: I need something on the west side of my house, full sun, I'm not much of a gardener and need something sturdy and easy, but colorful if possible. Something that might grow 4 to 6 ft and not those red and green things everyone has.

Answer: There are so many choices! Among them are:

Mops Dwarf Mugo Pine, Pinus mugo 'Mops': A true dwarf mugo that won't outgrow the landscape. It stays very compact and dense without shearing. This hardy green pine forms a low dense mound. It is globed shaped and grows to 3 feet.

Bagatelle Barberry, Berberis thunbergii var atropurpea "Bagatelle': This upright growing shrub has deep red foliage which turns a brighter red in the fall. Grows 1 1/2 feet high and wide.

Blue Shag Dwarf White Pine, Pinus strobus 'Blue Shag': This long needled globed shaped dwarf pine has a soft texture and blue-green foliage. It grows 3-4 feet high and wide.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca 'Conica': This dwarf conifer is upright and narrow. It grows 3-6 feet tall. Its conical shape is dense with grass green foliage.
Regent Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolis 'Regent':Small deciduous flowering shrub which has soft green leaves. White flowers open in spring. Black edible fruit forms in the summer. It has orange-red color in the fall. Grows 4-6 feet high and wide.
Spanish Gold Broom, Cytisus purgans: This shrub is a dense mound of ascending bright green stems that are adorned much of the spring with golden pea blossoms. It grows to 4 feet high and up to a 6 feet wide.

Dwarf Oregon Grape Holly, Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta': This broadleaf evergreen has yellow flowers in spring followed by edible blue berries. This plant grows slowly to 2-3 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide.

European Cranberry Viburnum Compact, Viburnum opulus 'Compactum': This shrub has a rounded compact form. Dark green leaves turn wine red in fall. Spring flowers are white. Fall fruit is bright red. This plant grows to 4 feet high and up to 4 feet wide.

Alpine Current, Green Mound, Ribes alpinum 'Green Mound': This plant is a dense dwarf with upright branching. Foliage is dark green and fall color is yellow. It grows to 3 feet high and wide.

Blue mist spirea, Caryopteris x clandonensis: A valuable shrub for its soft gray-green foliage color and clusters of blue summer flowers. Grows 4 feet high and wide.

True Dwarf Norway Spruce, Picea abies 'Little gem': This evergreen is a globe shaped shrub with a solid, dense appearance. It grows to 2-3 feet high and wide.
Other small shrubs include:

Apache plume, Fallugia paradoxa
Barberry 'Crimson Pygmy', Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea
Blue Star singleseed juniper, Juniperous squamata 'Blue Star'
Cotoneaster Coral Beauty, Cotoneaster dammeri 'Coral Beauty' Cranberry
Daphne burkwood , 'Somerset', Daphne x burkwoodii 'Somerset'
Emerald N' Gold euonymus, Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald n' Gold'
Gold Coast juniper, Juniperus chinensis 'Gold Coast'
Gold flame spirea, Spiraea x bumalda 'Gold flame'
Lodense privet, Ligustrum vulgare 'Lodense'
Montgomery dwarf Colorado blue spruce, Picea pungens 'Montgomery'
Red Ace potentilla, Potentilla fruticosa 'Red Ace'

Best wishes with your new shrubs!

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