5 More Must Have Shrubs For Your Garden

One of my most popular posts is 5 Must Have Shrubs for Your Garden.  That was back in 2014 and while I’m thinking of this year’s garden, I thought I’d share 5 more must have shrubs. They are all easy to grow, require little maintenance and are deer resistant. Again, I’m giving you the basics, along with a couple of images, and my reasons for loving them.

5 More Must Have Shrubs For Your Garden

5 good shrub choices for your garden. They are all easy to grow. See what else I love about them.

Abelia grandiflora

Abelia in garden - 5 more shrubs to grow - gardenmatter.com

Abelia in Flower ~ gardenmatter.com

 Essentials

  • Deciduous – Can be semi-evergreen in warmer climates
  • Zone hardiness:  5 – 9
  • Grows well in Full-Sun to Part-Shade
  • Grows 5-6 ft tall and wide (dwarf varieties do exist)

Why I love it

  • An early seasonal bloomer with very fragrant, honeysuckle-like blooms
  • Has a very full and bushy arching cottage garden growing style.
  • Very low maintenance though it needs to be pruned in late winter or early spring, as it blooms on new wood.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush ~ gardenmatter.com

Butterfly Bush with butterfly - 5 more must have shrubs - gardenmatter.com

Essentials

  • Deciduous
  • Zone hardiness:  5 – 9
  • Grows best in Full Sun
  • Grows 5 ft tall and wide depending on the variety. (several dwarf and container varieties are available)

Why I love it

  • It’s a show stopping bloomer, which certainly attracts butterflies and keeps blooming all summer long.
  • Another arching, cottage garden feel style.
  • A super fast grower, you can, and should prune it down to 6-8 inches in early spring.  It will produce tons of flowers and grow to maturity very quickly.

Ninebark ‘Diabolo’

Ninebark Diablo~ 5 more must have shrubs ~ gardenmatter.com

Ninebark Diablo 2013 by F.D. Richards , CC BY-SA 2.0
Ninebark Diablo 2013 by F.D. Richards , CC BY-SA 2.0

Essentials

  • Deciduous
  • Zone hardiness:  3-7
  • Grows best in Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Grows 4-8  ft tall and wide

Why I love it

  • Mainly I like it for its striking dark-colored foliage.
  • Easy low maintenance.
  • Multi-season interest.

Viburnum  ‘Summer Snowflake’

Viburnum Summer Snowflake~ 5 more must have shrubs ~ gardenmatter.com

Viburnum flowers - 5 more must have shrubs - gardenmatter.com

Viburnum Berries - 5 more must have shrubs - gardenmatter.com

Essentials

  • Deciduous
  • Zone hardiness:  5 – 8
  • Grows best in Partial Sun – Full Sun
  • Grows 6-8 ft tall and wide

Why I love it

  • It’s a big full shrub that looks great in the landscape.
  • White flowers bloom all summer long followed by pretty berry clusters.
  • Super low maintenance and adapts well to being pruned.

Tree Peony

Tree Peony in bloom - 5 more must have shrubs - gardenmatter.com

Tree Peony Bud - 5 More Easy Shrubs - gardenmatter.com

Essentials

  • Deciduous
  • Zone hardiness:  3 – 8
  • Grows best in Partial Sun to Full Sun
  • Grows 4-5 ft tall and 3-4 ft wide

Why I love it

  • Early season, huge gorgeous blooms
  • Sturdy habit, stays upright after storms, unlike traditional peonies.
  • Survives even the harshest  winters.

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Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. I love the tree peony – will have to look into this when we move. Trying to scale things back and just focus on spring planting for now, we’re off to look at land today which is always exciting. Great information, thank you!

    • Tree peonies are great. You will love them. They bloom very early but the shrub stays nice all season. Good luck with the move. Sounds very exciting!!

  2. I agree with Carole – the tree peony is beautiful and I’d like to have it. However, our summer temperatures have risen dramatically (over 102 degrees for most of the summer). My garden is in full sun and the heat killed many plants. Do you have any recommendations for heat tolerant plants, shrubs, and trees? I live in eastern Washington zone 7.
    Thank you.
    Jean

    • Hi Jean,

      Wow, 102 is awfully warm. It that keeps up they’ll have to change your zone. Really, all of these shrubs are supposed to be hardy to your zone. We’ve had some hot spells and all of these shrubs have done well. One other I would include for you that I cannot easily grow here is the crepe myrtle.

  3. Shrubs are an area I need to work on. We had an Abelia grandiflora in the yard of a previous home. I never knew what it was, but loved the beautiful fragrance! And the butterfly bush is a favorite – I need to add one this year. Thank you for a good list to get going with.

    • Hi Karen,
      I know sometimes buying a shrub can be a big deal. They can be really large and more difficult to plant. Some are pretty expensive, but well worth it in the end. Here’s something you may already know, but sometimes I seed butterfly bush seedlings at the nursery for a few dollars and they will grow to a nice size bush in one season. Quite the bargain.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

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