What Kind of Bushes Do You Plant in the Front of a House?

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Bushes provide a nice attraction to the front landscape of your house. Whether you want to hide foundations, add colour to a brick house or block a picture window from foot traffic on the sidewalk, you can plant different size bushes to meet your needs. Bushes can also serve as borders or provide privacy from your neighbours.

Dwarf Bushes

Dwarf bushes are those that grow up to 3 feet tall. Dwarf bushes include different varieties of junipers. The Waukegan juniper has blue foliage reaching heights of 18 inches, while the Sargent juniper grows 12 inches tall and the shore juniper grows 1 foot tall. Sargent junipers have blue foliage with berries appearing in fall. Shore junipers have needle-like foliage. Dwarf junipers are commonly used for borders or hiding foundations on mobile homes or ranch-style homes with low foundations. Other bushes that grow 3 feet tall include bearberry cotoneaster and the boxwood, which are commonly used for edging.

Small Bushes

Small bushes grow 3 to 5 feet tall. Grayleaf cotoneaster is a small growing bush with sprawling grey foliage. Other small shrubs are burford holly, which is a landscaping shrub with shiny evergreen foliage and Italian jasmine, which has green summer foliage and yellow flowers in summer. These small bushes will add colour to the front of the house or can be used to line a walkway up to the front door.

Medium-Size Bushes

Medium-size bushes grow 4 to 8 feet tall and include the common sweetshrub with dark green foliage. The shrub grows to 6 feet tall and has reddish flowers in spring. Button bush is another medium-size bush growing 4 to 6 feet tall with shiny, dark green leaves and white flowers in summer. Vanhoutte spiraea is a bush that grows up to 8 feet tall. It has greenish-blue foliage that turns a yellow or reddish colour in fall. During May, the bush has tiny white flower clusters. Besides adding colour to the front landscape, these bushes will provide privacy from neighbours or hide tall foundations on older two-story homes.

Tall-Growing Bushes

Tall shrubs will grow 10 to 25 feet tall. The lilac is a deciduous shrub with flowers in spring. Other tall shrubs include the Washington hawthorn, which has maple-shaped leaves and the cherry laurel, which is an evergreen shrub. Tall-growing bushes can be used to block front windows from street traffic and add depth to a single-story house. These types of bushes can also be used to define property lines. If you have a wall on the front of the house without any windows and it just looks plain, a tall bush will add colour to the area and cover the bare wall.

Colourful Bushes

Red choke cherry is a colourful bush. The bush has dark green leaves that turn a deep red in fall. In spring the shrub has white flower clusters and berrylike fruit that lasts until winter. The bush will grow up to 8 feet. The burning bush adds an attractive red colour to any landscape in fall. The green foliage turns a bright red in fall. The bush will grow up to 12 feet tall. Both of these shrubs need full sunlight during summer to bring out the colour in fall.

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