40 Low-Maintenance Shrubs Perfect for Your Front Yard

40 Low-Maintenance Shrubs Perfect for Your Front Yard

Choosing the right plant for your front yard is vital in creating a welcoming landscape. 

The ideal plant should provide colorful and fragrant flowers, not need constant pruning, and has the perfect root system for sidewalks and driveways. 

We have narrowed down 40 low-maintenance shrubs that tick all the features you are looking for. Let’s get to know them one by one. 

1. Dwarf English Boxwood

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Scientific NameBuxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’
Common NameEnglish Boxwood
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicDense compact habit

The dwarf Engling boxwood is easy to care for and disease resistant. 

It has uniform evergreen leaves that grow in a dense, compact habit, making it a perfect fit for your landscaping needs. 

It even blooms small white flowers during spring. 

This plant is one of the toughest and most dependable shrubs for everyone’s front yard.

2. Rhododendron

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Scientific NameRhododendron
Common NameAzalea, Rhododendron, Rosebay
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicPink star-shaped flowers

Rhododendrons produce attractive bright pink round shaped flowers on top of its broadleaf evergreen leaves, every spring to the summer season. 

They are low-maintenance shrubs that grow well in acidic and other coarsely textured soils. 

However, this plant has shallow root systems. In fact, it is suggested that they be planted 2 to 5 feet apart. 

3. Rosemary

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Scientific NameSalvia rosmarinus
Common NameAnthos, Rosemary
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Shallow Rocky
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicNeedle-like leaves

The rosemary is a broadleaf evergreen plant that belongs to the mint family. 

Rosemary leaves are not only a popular kitchen spice but are also used to add fragrance to soaps and other cosmetic products. 

It is easy to grow in loam or shallow rocky soil and can also take a lot of heat throughout the day. 

In the summer, it blooms light purple flowers.

This great shrub will spruce up your front yard and give you access to rosemary spice anytime.

4. ​​Loropetalum

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Scientific NameLoropetalum chinense
Common NameChinese Fringe Flower, Fringe Flower, Loropetalum
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Unique CharacteristicRound, multi-stemmed shrubDark purple to pink thin-petalled flowers

Loropetalums are evergreen shrubs that will provide your front yard with dark purple to rosy pink thin-petalled flowers for most of the year. 

They can also provide privacy to your house as they grow from 5 to 15 feet high. 

Loropetalums have non-invasive root systems, making them safe to be developed near houses and driveways. 

Apart from being a low-maintenance shrub, this plant is drought and deer resistant.

5. Creeping Juniper

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Scientific NameJuniperus horizontalis
Common NameCreeping Juniper
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeSandShallow Rocky
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicMat forming and trailing shrub

The Creeping Juniper spreads by layering and is often used in the medians of roadways. They can grow as high as 18 inches and spread up to 8 feet wide. 

They also produce blue-green needle-like leaves, emitting a tangy yet sweet fragrance. 

The Creeping Juniper is best planted along front walks and front yard slopes. 

6. Lilac

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Scientific NameSyringa vulgaris
Common NameCommon Lilac, English Lilac, French Lilac
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicFour-petalled purple flowers arranged in oval clusters

Lilac is a deciduous plant with deep green foliage oppositely arranged on its stems. 

On top of these stems bloom four-petalled purple flowers arranged in oval clusters from late spring to early summer.

The lilac plant can grow from 5 to 20 feet tall and spreads 6 to 12 feet wide. 

It is recommended that they be planted around 15 feet apart in well-drained soil. 

6. Camellia

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Scientific NameCamellia japonica
Common NameCamellia, Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia, Peony Camellia, Thea Japonica
ShadePartial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic Matter
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicBright pink rose-like flowers

The camellia is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with shiny deep green leaves. 

This plant blooms from mid-fall to early spring with bright pink flowers. 

It can grow from 2 to 30 feet tall and 2 to 10 feet wide, making them a good shrub for privacy.

The camellia japonica is best planted in soil with high organic matter and at least 5 feet apart. 

7. Hosta

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Scientific NameHosta plantaginea
Common NameAugust Lily, Funkia, Hosta, Plantain Lily
ShadeDeep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicHerbaceous shrub
Unique CharacteristicLow lying plant with ribbed leaves

The hosta plant is a low-lying herbaceous shrub perfect for landscaping the front of your house. You can use this to layer with other tall plants for aesthetic purposes.

It has glossy ribbed leaves that grow in clusters from their base. 

At the center of its foliage, the hosta produces purple flowers in clusters at the tip of the stalks. It blooms between May to September. 

It is a slow-growing plant that grows well in loam or other well-drained soil.

8. Sunshine Ligustrum

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Scientific NameLigustrum sinense
Common NameChinese Privet, Common Privet
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeGarden soil with Alkaline (>8.0)
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Unique CharacteristicCompact shrub with yellow-green leaves

The Sunshine Ligustrum is a compact evergreen shrub known for its ovate and glossy golden yellow leaves. 

It also produces small white flowers and dark blue berries throughout the year. 

This low-maintenance shrub can grow from 3 to 6 feet tall.

This plant can be used to contrast a green landscape. It can be planted in well-drained soil and a full-sun location. 

9. Gardenia

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Scientific NameGardenia jasminoides
Common NameCape Jasmine, Cape Jasmine Gardenia, Cape jessamine, Gardenia
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicWhite tubular flowers with sweet aromatic scent

The Gardenia plant has glossy evergreen leaves arranged in whorls. 

They produce white tubular flowers with a sweet aromatic scent during early summer. 

Gardenias can grow from 2 to 8 feet tall. This plant prefers indirect sunlight and acidic soil.

10. Fire Power Nandina

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Scientific NameNandina domestica
Common NameChinese Sacred Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina, Sacred Bamboo
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicRed leaves during fall and winter

The fire power nandina is a low growing broadleaf evergreen shrub. It is known for its red foliage during fall and winter. 

They grow up to 2 feet tall and wide and can tolerate full sunlight. 

It is drought tolerant and can be planted in clay, loam, or sand soil.

11. Dwarf Japanese Cedar

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Scientific NameCryptomeria japonica ‘Globosa Nana’
Common NameDwarf Cryptomeria, Dwarf Japanese Cedar, Globosa Nana
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicAwl-shaped needle foliage

The dwarf Japanese cedar is an evergreen shrub known for its awl-shaped needle foliage. It is used for globe-shaped landscaping in gardens. 

It has short leaves arranged around its branches in a spiral manner. It can grow from 4 to 6 feet and spread up to 4 feet. 

This plant does not require pruning and is deer resistant. 

12. Dwarf Flowering Hydrangea 

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Scientific NameHydrangea macrophylla
Common NameBigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Hortensia, Lacecap Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, Snowball Plant
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicPeriwinkle blue, pink or purple flowers

Dwarf flowering hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs, suitable for front yards because of their large floral display. 

They have flowers that grow in umbrella-shaped clusters of periwinkle blue, pink, or purple. 

Dwarf hydrangeas grow from 1 to 4 feet tall, making them perfect as a flowering hedge. 

13. Wintercreeper

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Scientific NameEuonymus fortunei
Common NameClimbing Euonymus, Japanese Euonymus, Spreading Euonymus, Wintercreeper, Winter Creeper, Wintercreeper Euonymus, Emerald and Gold
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)SandShallow Rocky
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Unique CharacteristicYellow leaves with patches of green in the center

The Wintercreeper is a low-growing evergreen shrub known for its glossy yellow leaves with green patches in the center. 

They rapidly grow from 1 to 2 feet tall and spread up to 4 feet wide. 

This plant also thrives in full sun and can grow in clay, loam, sand, or even shallow rocky soil. 

The Wintercreeper is the perfect ground cover in your front yard, sidewalks, and driveways. 

14. Winter Daphne

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Scientific NameDaphne odora
Common NameDwarf Bay, Fragrant Daphne, Paradise Plant, Spurge Flax, Spurge Laurel, Winter Daphne
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicFragrant pink, white or lavender flowers

The Winter Daphne is a broadleaf evergreen shrub. 

It is recognizable by its deep green variegated leaves, where fragrant clusters of pink, white, or lavender flowers bloom. 

Daphne odora can grow from 3 to 4 feet tall. This tiny, low-maintenance plant can be used as a flowering hedge, border, or entrance.

15. Inkberry 

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Scientific NameIlex glabra
Common NameAppalachian Tea, Gallberry, Inkberry, Shamrock
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClaySand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicAlternate, flat, spineless and oval-shaped foliage

The inkberry is another low-growing broadleaf evergreen shrub known for its dark green spineless leaves. 

It produces small white flowers during the spring and dark blue berries in the fall. 

This plant can grow from 3 to 4 feet tall and has a naturally-rounded shape.

The inkberry can be used as a foundation line or evergreen hedge in your front yard. 

16. Dwarf Japanese Black Pine

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Scientific NamePinus thunbergii
Common NameGreen Pine, Japanese Black Pine, Thurnberg Pine, Emery’s Dwarf
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicDark green needle foliage

The Dwarf Japanese Black Pine is a slow-growing evergreen tree. 

It has symmetrical branches with short dark green needled leaves. 

This pine tree also has abundant brownish-gray cones. 

The Pinus thunbergii prefers full sun and well-drained soils, and does not require pruning. 

17. Oregon Grape Holly

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Scientific NameBerberis aquifolium
Common NameCreeping Mahonia, Holly-leaved Barberry, Mountain Grape, Oregon Grape, Oregon Grapeholly, Oregon Grape Holly, Oregon Holly, Oregon Hollygrape, Tall Mahonia
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic Matter
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicYellow flowers, glossy green leaves and blue berries

The Oregon Grape Holly is a slow-growing broadleaf evergreen shrub and is a member of the barberry family. 

It has compound leaves 2 inches long with ringed spiny teeth. 

During spring, this plant blooms with fragrant yellow flowers and thereafter produces waxy blue berries. 

It has an upright spreading habit that can grow from 3 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 5 feet wide. 

They are the ideal low-maintenance shrub for foundation planting in your front yard.

18. Indian Hawthorn

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Scientific NameRhaphiolepis indica
Common NameIndian Hawthorn
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicMounded cluster of pink or white flowers

The Indian Hawthorn is a dense broadleaf evergreen shrub that blooms mounded cluster of pink or white flowers. It has leathery, thick, and lance-shaped leaves.

This plant also produces blue berries during the fall season. 

It can grow from 4 to 6 feet tall. It is salt-tolerant and drought resistant. 

It can brighten your front yard as a foundation planting, container plant, shrub border, or even an evergreen hedge.

19. Lawson Cypress

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Scientific NameChamaecyparis lawsoniana
Common NameLawson’s cypress, Port Orford cedar, Port Orford cypress
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bs
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicFern-like leaves with white marks underneath

The Lawson cypress is a needled evergreen tree best known for its fern-like leaves with white markings underneath. Its foliage is soft, feathery, and yellow-green in color. 

It has a narrow conical habit that grows slowly up to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It does not require pruning and can tolerate full sun. 

The Lawson cypress is widely used as an ornamental or hedging plant. 

20. Forsythia

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Scientific NameForsythia suspensa
Common NameWeeping Forsythia
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeLoam (Silt)
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicBright yellow flowers from late winter to early spring

The Forsythia is a rapid-growing deciduous shrub with a gracefully arching habit. 

Forsythia suspensa blooms with a mass of yellow bell-shaped flowers with four petals from late winter to early spring. 

This plant can grow from 4 to 5 feet and tolerate full sun. It thrives in urban environments and resists pests and plant-related diseases. 

21. Korean Spice Viburnum

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Scientific NameViburnum carlesii ‘Compactum’
Common NameKorean Spice Viburnum
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 7a, 7b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicFragrant white flowers in globe-shaped clusters

The Korean Spice Viburnum is a slow-growing deciduous shrub. 

It blooms fragrant white flowers in globe-shaped clusters. In spring, these flowers open and show their light pink buds. 

It has an upright habit that can reach from 4 to 5 feet tall and spreads up to 8 feet wide. It is also best planted in well-drained and slightly acidic soil. 

This plant can be used as a foundation plant or placed near pathways and entrances so visitors can enjoy its fragrance. 

22. Japanese Barberry

Image: Gardenia
Scientific NameBerberis thunbergii
Common NameJapanese Barberry, Thunberg’s Barberry
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClay
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicCurvy branches with thorns at each node

The Japanese Barberry is a deciduous shrub known for its arching and spiny branches. 

This plant can grow from 4 to 6 feet tall.  It has small leaves that turn from green to yellow and orange and read during the fall. 

During winter, it produces red berries that can brighten up your front yard. 

It can tolerate extreme weather conditions and requires full sun.

The Japanese Barberry can also be used as a hedge, border, barrier, or as accent plant. 

23. Dwarf Japanese Pieris

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Scientific NamePieris japonica
Common NameAndromeda Japonica, Fetterbush, Japanese Andromeda, Japanese Pieris, Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub, Pieris
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic Matter
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicFragrant white bell-shaped flowers hanging from the branches

The Dwarf Japanese Pieris is another low-maintenance broadleaf evergreen shrub known for its chains of fragrant white bell-shaped flowers hanging from the branches. 

It also has narrow lance-shaped deep green leaves that retain their color even during winter. 

This compact shrub can grow up to 3 feet tall. They grow best in soil with high organic matter. 

Because of its upright spreading habit, it can be used as a accent plant, hedge or for mass planting. 

24. Oriental Paperbush

Image: Gardenia
Scientific NameEdgeworthia chrysantha
Common NameOriental Paper Bush, Paperbush, Paperbush Plant
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicRound yellow-white flower clusters

The Oriental Paperbush is a deciduous shrub that is sought after for its round and fragrant yellow-white flower clusters. 

Each inflorescence is 2 inches across and contains up to 40 flowers per head. It blooms from late winter to early spring. 

This plant can grow from 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. 

It is recommended that the Oriental Paperbush be planted in deep moist soil rich in high organic matter and with access to full sunlight. 

25. Dwarf Korean lilac

Dwarf Korean lilac
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Scientific NameSyringa pubescens subsp. pubescens
Common NameDowny LilacHairy LilacKorean LilacMeyer Lilac
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicFragrant lilac flowers and deep green foliage

The Dwarf Korean lilac is a slow-growing deciduous shrub that produces fragrant lilac flowers in late spring.

It has a compact and rounded habit that grows from 4 to 5 feet tall, without the need for pruning. 

Unlike traditional lilacs, this plant resists powdery mildew and is also deer resistant.

26. Summersweet Clethra

Image: Proven Winners
Scientific NameClethra alnifolia
Common NameAlderleaf Clethra, Alderleaf Pepperbush, Clethra, Coastal Sweet-pepperbush, Summersweet, Sweet Pepperbush
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicFragrant bottlebrush-shaped white flowers

The Summersweet Clethra is a deciduous shrub known for its fragrant bottlebrush-shaped white flowers that bloom during summer. 

It also has serrated and glossy deep green foliage, which turns yellow during the fall.

This shrub can produce flowers even in shady locations. It can grow from 3 to 8 feet tall and spread from 4 to 6 feet wide. 

It is recommended that the Summersweet Clethra be planted where there is access to full sun or partial shade and in wet and acidic soil.

27. Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire

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Scientific NameItea virginica
Common NameItea, Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia Sweet Spire, Virginia Willow, Little Henry
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic Matter
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduousSemi-evergreen
Unique CharacteristicCylindrical spires of white flowers

The Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire is a low-growing deciduous shrub. It features gracefully arching red-hued stems from which cylindrical spires of white flowers bloom during the spring season. 

It reaches from 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. This shrub prefers damp to wet soil rich in organic matter and full sun exposure. 

The Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire can be used to cover garden beds and borders.

28. Shrubby Cinquefoil

Image: The Spruce
Scientific NameDasiphora fruticosa
Common NameBush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Shrubby Potentilla
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicBright yellow five-petalled flowers

The shrubby Cinquefoil is a deciduous multi-stemmed compact shrub that blooms bright yellow five-petalled flowers. It is attractive to butterflies and bees. 

The Dasiphora fruticosa can grow up to 4 feet tall and survive temperatures as low as -30°F. It is also deer resistant. 

The shrubby Cinquefoil can be used as a foundation plant or flowering hedge for your front yard. 

29. Little Princess Spirea

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Scientific NameSpiraea japonica
Common NameBumald Spiraea, Goldmound Spiraea, Japanese Meadowsweet, Japanese Spiraea, Little Princess Spirea
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Shallow Rocky
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicArching branches with bright pink flower clusters

The Little Princess Spirea is a low-growing deciduous shrub with mint green leaves and bright pink blooms from late spring to summer.

This shrub grows up to 30 inches tall and does not require pruning.

It naturally grows in a compact rounded form, making it a great accent plant or low hedge for your front yard. 

30. Dwarf Mugo Pine

Image: The Spruce
Scientific NamePinus mugo
Common NameMugho Pine, Mugo Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicRound-shaped needled leaves

The dwarf Mugo pine is a slow-growing evergreen shrub, easily identified by its  needled leaves and globe-shaped form.

It has emerald green leaves that retain their color even during winter. 

It can grow up to 5 feet tall and is drought and deer resistant. 

This shrub is best used as a low hedge for front yards and gardens. 

31. Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

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Scientific NameChamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana’
Common NameDwarf Hinoki Cypress, ‘Nana’ Hinoki Cypress
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicFan-shaped leaves

The dwarf Hinoki cypress is a slow-growing needled evergreen shrub. It is identified through its fan-shaped leaves. 

This plant takes 10 to 15 years to grow up to 6 feet. 

It is recommended to be placed where there is access to full sun or partial shade and in clay, loam, or sandy soils. 

The dwarf Hinoki cypress can be used to add texture and dimension to your front yard and entryways. 

32. Round Arborvitae

Image: Gardenia
Scientific NameThuja occidentalis
Common NameAmerican Arborvitae, Eastern Arborvitae, Eastern White Cedar, Northern White Cedar
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicLacy foliage and round shape

The round Arborvitae is another slow-growing needled evergreen shrub. 

It is easily recognizable through its bright green lacy foliage that naturally grows in a round shape. It extends from 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. 

The good news is that this shrub does not need pruning to maintain its shape. 

The round Arborvitae can be used as an evergreen hedge or standalone shrub in your front yard. 

33. Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce

Image: The Tree Center
Scientific NamePicea pungens ‘Compacta’
Common NameDwarf Spruce
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeWell-drained soil
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicLight blue needled foliage

The dwarf Globe Blue Spruce is a slow-growing evergreen shrub known for its light blue needled foliage and globe-shaped habit. 

The Picea pungens ‘Compacta’ is densely branched and flat-topped and retains its color all throughout the year. 

This shrub grows up to 4 feet tall and wide. It is drought, disease, and deer resistant. 

It can be used as an accent plant or privacy screen in your garden or front yard. 

34. Bird’s Nest Spruce

Image: Hindsale Nuseries
Scientific NamePicea abies ‘Nidiformis’
Common NameBird’s Nest Spruce
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicNeedled Evergreen
Unique CharacteristicCurving branches with deep green needled leaves

The Bird’s Nest Spruce is a slow-growing needled evergreen conifer. 

It is known for having curving branches with dense, deep green needled foliage, giving it a bird’s nest ambiance. Hence, its name. 

It naturally grows to a compact globe shape. It is also low maintenance and deer resistant.

The Bird’s Nest Spruce can be used as a border, ground cover, or divider for your front yard.

35. Rockspray Cotoneaster

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Scientific NameCotoneaster horizontalis
Common NameRockspray, Rockspray Cotoneaster
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicBroadleaf EvergreenDeciduousSemi-evergreen
Unique CharacteristicBranches that grow in a herringbone pattern

The Rockspray Cotoneaster is a slow-growing deciduous shrub. 

It is known for its horizontal-spreading habit and branches that grow in a herringbone pattern. 

They grow best in well-drained and loose soil and in full sun and partial shade areas. They are also drought-tolerant. 

During spring, they bloom with clusters of red berries, which unfortunately causes stomach upset. 

The Rockspray Cotoneaster can be used as a ground cover, foundation plant, or hedge for your front yard. 

36. Fountain Butterfly Bush

Image: Gardenia
Scientific NameBuddleja alternifolia
Common NameAlternate Leaf Butterfly Bush, Fountain Butterfly Bush
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)Sand
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicLilac flower clusters on arching stems

The Fountain Butterfly Bush is another low maintenance deciduous shrub. 

It is easily recognizable through its gracefully arching stems, where clusters of fragrant small lilac flowers bloom. 

They attract butterflies and hummingbirds but are deer resistant. 

This shrub can grow from 10 to 12 feet tall and wide. 

The Fountain Butterfly Bush is recommended to be planted in moist, well-drained soils and placed where there is full sun or partial shade. 

The Fountain Butterfly Bush can be used as a foundation plant or shrub border for front yards. 

37. Bottlebrush Buckeye

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Scientific NameAesculus parviflora
Common NameBottlebrush Buckeye
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic Matter
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicLong white flower clusters resembling a bottlebrush

The Bottlebrush Buckeye is a slow-growing deciduous shrub that stands out with its Long white flower clusters resembling a bottlebrush.

Although it is deer resistant, this plant spreads vigorously and needs plenty of space to grow. It can reach up to 12 feet tall and wide. 

They are best grown in moist, well-drained soil, with full sun or partial shade. 

The Bottlebrush Buckeye can be used as an accent, specimen plant, or shrub border in gardens and yards.

38. Black Chokeberry

Image: Garden Design
Scientific NameAronia melanocarpa
Common NameBlack Berried Aronia, Black Chokeberry
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeClayHigh Organic MatterLoam (Silt)SandShallow Rocky
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicFragrant white flowers and clustered berries

The Black Chokeberry is an upright, slow-growing, deciduous shrub, easily identified through its fragrant white flowers and clustered shiny black berries. 

This plant reaches 3 to 5 feet tall. It can separate different types of soil and survive with little water.

The Black Chokeberry is leggy, so that it can be used as a filler or background plantings for landscaping. 

39. Witch Hazel

Image: The Garden Website
Scientific NameHamamelis mollis
Common NameChinese Witchhazel, Witch Hazel
ShadeDappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
Soil TypeHigh Organic Matter
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicDeciduous
Unique CharacteristicBright yellow flowers with long narrow crumpled petals

The witch hazel is a slow-growing deciduous shrub. It is sought after for its fragrant bright yellow flowers and long, narrow, crumpled petals.

This shrub blooms from February to March. It spreads from 8 to 10 feet wide and reaches 9 to 14 feet tall. 

It best grows in slightly acidic soil rich in organic content. 

The witch hazel can be used as an accent plant to contrast evergreens, bricks, stones, or other woodland settings. 

40. Texas Ranger

Image: Backbone Valley Nursery
Scientific NameLeucophyllum frutescens
Common NameTexas Barometer BushTexas Sage
ShadeFull sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
Soil TypeWell-drained soil
Growth Rate Rapid
Hardiness Zone8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Woody Plant Leaf CharacteristicEvergreen
Unique CharacteristicSilver gray foliage, and pink flowers

Last on our list is the Texas Ranger – a rapid-growing evergreen shrub known for its silver-gray foliage and pink or purple bell-shaped flowers. 

It blooms during summer and can reach 5 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. 

This shrub can survive desert heat, drought, and strong winds and attracts hummingbirds. It grows best in well-drained soil and full sun. 

Regular pruning is recommended to keep the shrubs vibrant and encourage flowering.

The Texas Ranger can be used in rock gardens, slopes, or as a screen for front yards. 


Which of these low-maintenance shrubs have you used in your front yard? Share with us in the comment box. Happy planting!

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