Shrubs and bushes provide the necessary backbone and framing for any garden. They are great at providing privacy for one’s garden, but they also attract pollinators like butterflies and bees.


In this post, we’ll be looking at the best shrubs and bushes your garden needs. (and be sure to check out our other home gardening articles)


  1. Lilac

The Lilac, also known as the Syringa flower, sports a beautiful selection of fragrant and colorful flowers from white to purple. They’re native to eastern Europe and temperate Asia, and they love getting plenty of suns. Most Lilacs are extremely cold-hardy, and as a result, they make for a great fragrant hedge.


The Angel White, Hungarian Lilac, and President Grevy lilac are one of the few varieties you should try. Just make sure to leave some space between the plants to ensure that air circulates, and you reduce the risk of developing some powdery mildew.


  1. Korean spice Viburnum

Akin to its name, the Viburnum is one of the unique shrubs out there. It’s a wonderful white-flowering shrub that’s equally as fragrant as it’s visually appealing, and they’re one of the toughest shrubs out there.


They bloom a pinkish-white flower during spring, and they have a unique spicy scent that sets them apart from other bushes. A Korean spice Viburnum is a good choice for a hedge.


  1. Rose of Sharon

The Rose of Sharon is a great accent plant. It has this exotic look that mimics orchids, and it loves full sun, so it can act as a shade for plants that don’t enjoy the sun as much. The Rose of Sharon’s flowers ranges from white to pink, purple, and every color in between.


There are varieties of Rose of Sharon that are generally smaller and rounder in shape. This means that they can fit in almost any garden.


  1. Pearl Bush

The Pearl Bush is a classic. It’s a favorite of most old-fashioned gardeners because it offers a combination of white and yellow flowers that bloom during spring. Because it can grow generally taller than most plants in this list, it can be used both as a hedge for bordering or an accent plant.


There are newer varieties that are more compact, so one can still find a way to fit them in the garden, and most of them are generally hardier than the classic ones. The Snow Day Blizzard and the Snow Day Surprise are two varieties that should be considered.


  1. Rhododendron

The Rhododendron isn’t just a single type of plant. It’s actually a family of plants with many showy flowers in pale pink, purple, white, and yellow. The leaves of the Rhododendron are also quite captivating with their elongated shape and shiny green pigmentation.


The Rhododendron is quite unique because it generally allows for some light to pass through it, so it doesn’t dim your garden as much as other shrubs and bushes do. The Elvira, Blue Peter, Bow Bells, and Windsong are a few of the varieties to consider.


  1. Chia Plant

Last but definitely not the least is the Chia plant, which serves the most purpose on this list. It is a beautiful and unique-looking plant that only reaches an average height of 5-6 feet, which makes it perfect for head-level hedges. It also has its famous Chia seeds that contain antioxidants, fiber, and other properties that help in a healthy diet.


The Chia plant also has unique tube-shaped flowers that are a mixture of white and deep purple. With the Chia plant, not only do you get a good hedge, but you also get beautiful flowers and a healthy ingredient for your kitchen.




Shrubs and bushes definitely deserve their own space and recognition in every garden. They are great hedges, but most of them also have beautiful flowers and even delicious seeds.


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Author: Carol