Consider small shrubs for small house [UPDATED]Published 9:53am Monday, October 29, 2012 Updated 11:54am Monday, October 29, 2012
If you have a small yard, it is difficult to find shrubs that don’t either take over space or just look out of proportion to your house. If you are planning to do some landscaping in the spring, here are a few smaller shrubs to take a good look at.
Clethera is a shrub that will tolerate full shade. It has bright summer blooms that have a delightful fragrance.
The problem is that most cletheras get eight to twelve feet high. Hummingbird Summersweet has solved that problem by growing on two to five feet tall, and probably, like most shrubs, the same distance wide.
Honeysuckle has a reputation of being not only invasive, but also “buggy”. Dwarf bush honeysuckle hasn’t either of those problems.
She will grow in the dry sandy soils we often have around our lakes. She gets about four feet tall with green leaves that turn red in the fall.
A nice accent in a green lawn. If you like variegated leaves, look for the cultivar Cool Splash.
Bella Anna hydrangea is a new addition to the hydrangea family. She is a cultivar of our old Annabelle; she has the big busty white volleyball sized blooms.
Bella Anna is much more refined. She has pink blossoms, grows in full sun to part shade and only gets about three feet tall.
Do remember that hydrangea begins with hydro; they need lots of water to do well.
There is a new red twigged dogwood on the market. Garden Glow has very bright green leaves, lives under your taller trees in part sun and only gets to three to four feet tall.
If you enjoy watching the birds, here is the shrub for you.
The cranberry cotoneaster has pink flowers in the spring and fruit in late summer that the birds will clean off in a hurry.
It has leaves that turn a beautiful bronze in the fall and when they fall off, you have the red branches for color all winter. It’s a real four season shrub that only gets two to three feet tall.
The last of these small wonders is Goldflame spirea. There are many cultivars of small spriea but Goldflame is another shrub that has color for three seasons.
The new growth in the spring is bronze that matures to a yellow/green in the summer. It blooms an orange/red in summer and in the fall the leaves turn orange. It likes full sun.
Although it is too late to plant shrubs now, if you get a fantastic bargain you just can’t resist, you can bury the plant, pot and all until spring.
The top of the pot should be just below the soil level. Water very well and mulch heavily and it should survive the winter.
Get over the green, color up your landscape with one or more of these small beauties.
Bev Johnson is a master gardener in Otter Tail County.