Plants for a Small Hedge

Written by tara cochrane | 13/05/2017
Plants for a Small Hedge
Low-growing hedges can become living borders. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Low-growing hedges can serve as attractive living borders in any garden, yard or landscape. The best plants for a small hedge are hardy shrubs with bushy, compact structures. Such small hedge shrubs include glossy abelia, shrubby Saint-John's-wort and Korean boxwood.

Glossy Abelia

Glossy abelia (Abelia grandiflora) is a hybrid shrub native to China that typically reaches a mature height of 3 to 5 feet. It bears small, glossy green leaves and fragrant whitish-pink flowers. In growing zones 8 and 9, it tends to be evergreen, while in zones 6 and 7, it loses its leaves in winter. Glossy abelia grows in either full sun or partial shade and tolerates most soil types.

Shrubby Saint-John's-wort

Shrubby Saint-John's-wort (Hypericum prolificum) is a deciduous shrub hardy in zones 3 to 8. It reaches a maximum height of 4 feet. This low-maintenance plant produces small, linear dark green leaves and showy golden flowers that bloom throughout the summer.

Korean Boxwood

Korean boxwood (Buxus microphylla koreana) grows to a height of 4 feet. It is hardy in zones 5 to 9. In the winter, its leaves may turn yellowish-brown or purple yet remain on the bush. This shrub enjoys full sun or partial shade and may be damaged by severe winds.

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.