Edge Your Bed With Low-Growing Shrubs

When you think of low-growing hedges, it’s probably boxwood that comes to mind. We love boxwood, but there are so many other shrubs that top out at about three feet, its a shame to limit your plant palette. Use these low-growers to edge a walkway, contain a flowery border, cover the bottom of a fence, or create a softer visual barrier between you and the neighbors. Look for shrubs that are ideally evergreen, slow-growing or tolerate trimming, and are happy being planted cheek by jowl with others. Here are 10 shrubs perfect for keeping a low profile. (Shown: Boxleaf Euonymus)


Grayswood Pink Rock Rose

Cupped, pink, single flowers appear in mid-spring to summer against grey-green foliage. Water-wise and a magnet for pollinators. Reaches up to 3 feet tall. Zones: 8 -10


Soft Touch Compact Holly

A dense evergreen shrub with soft, glossy green leaves that have an interesting silver mid-vein. Blackberries last all winter for cool-season interest. Reaches up to 3 feet tall. Zones: 5 – 9


Boxleaf Euonymus

Deep green, dense foliage on a compact plant gives a beautiful, formal appearance with minimal trimming. Tolerant of heat, poor soils and salt spray. Reaches up to 2 feet tall. Zones: 6 – 9


Checkmate Rhododendron

Slow growing, dwarf cultivar with small lavender-pink flowers in early spring and evergreen foliage that turns dark mahogany in winter. Reaches up to 2 feet tall. Zones: 5 – 8

Prostrate White Abelia

Graceful, arching branches highlighted by clusters of fragrant white flowers on this low, spreading variety. Reaches up to 2 feet tall. Zones: 6 – 9


Danica Arborvitae

Versatile, dwarf, globe-shaped evergreen with bright emerald foliage that turns bluish green in winter. Smaller than Hetz Midget Arborvitae. Reaches up to 2 feet tall. Zones: 4 – 8


Cream De Mint™ Dwarf Mock Orange

Glossy, mint green leaves with creamy-white edges on a dense, compact evergreen petite shrub that requires little maintenance. Reaches up to 3 feet tall. Zones: 8 – 11

Lavandula angustifolia 'Ashdown Forest'

Ashdown Forest English Lavender

Aromatic pale purple flowers on upright, slender stems cover this compact evergreen in the summer. Soft grey-green foliage. Reaches up to 2 feet tall. Zones: 5 – 9


Compact Oregon Grape Holly

Low maintenance shrub with bronze-red new growth, turning to glossy, deep green; purple-red foliage adds winter interest. Reaches up to 3 feet tall. Zones: 5 – 9


Georgia Petite Indian Hawthorn

Prized for its strong disease resistance and dense compact habit. Abundant white flowers followed by dark blue berries. Reaches up to 3 feet tall. Zones: 7 – 10

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