Selecting Sweet Shrubs for Your Smallest Spaces

Whether you've got a bare spot in your border, an empty pot on your patio or an incomplete area in your garden, a small shrub may fit the bill. Here are our 25 suggestions for the prettiest petite shrubs around.

Excerpted from Garden Design
Dwarf Boxwood Easily Shaped by Pruning DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Boxwood

Boxwood's dense foliage, tolerance for trimming and maximum growth to 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide make them good choices for hedging, screens, topiary and marking off beds with parterres. If it's emerald color you're after, consider slow-growing 'Suffruticosa' English boxwood, shown here. Or, for variegated leaves, go with Elegans boxwood, which features small, white-margined evergreen leaves and tiny, star-shaped flowers.

Boxwoods prefers partial shade, but can tolerate full sun if they kept sufficiently moist. Well-drained soil is a must.

Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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