Landscaping With Slow Growing Shrubs

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Landscaping With Slow Growing Shrubs
Most shrubs provide fall colour, spring flowers and year-round privacy screens. (leaves of the shrub image by GeoM from

Homeowners plant slow growing shrubs for a variety of landscaping reasons. Shrubs provide privacy screens and can frame and soften a house's edges and entryways. Shrubs also temporarily fill "dead zones" while trees and other plantings become established.

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Some slow growing shrubs, such as Leather-leaf Mahonia, require little water, are winter hardy and their slow growth habit allows gardeners more time with their flowers and less time pruning back shrubbery.


Kurume azalea, a slow-growing shrub, yields red, pink or white flowers in spring. Azalea's slow growth rate allows a gardener time to enjoy the plant's features before the shrub becomes too large or ill-proportioned for the landscape.


When used as temporary landscape fillers slow-growing shrubs are easily transplanted and can find new homes elsewhere in your garden. Some shrubs, like holly fern, can be moved from the garden to a container.

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