subscribe
YouTube
Pinterest
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Search

What Are Some Slender Shrubs for Small Garden Spaces?

By: Jessie Keith

Slender Shrubs for Small Garden Spaces

“I have a spot on the front of my house that gets morning sun. Our house faces east. The spot is about 6 feet x 4 feet. I’d like to find a shrub that grows tall and skinny.” Question from Jen of Sycamore, Illinois

Answer: There are many slender shrubs for small garden spaces that are just tall and skinny enough to fit in your partially sunny bed. My suggestions only include shrubs that will not overgrow the spot. All are tolerant of partial sun.

  1. Stonehenge Skinny Yew stays upright, slender, and reaches just 8 feet when mature and 2 feet across. It is also tough, evergreen, and hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 5.
  2. Sky Pencil Japanese Holly is a classic upright evergreen shrub that remains very slender–to 18 inches across- and only reaches 6 feet high.

  3. Filips Magic Moment’ Arborvitae is conical, upright, has golden evergreen foliage, and reaches 8 feet x 3 feet. It is also very hardy.
  4. Columnar Apple Trees can reach 8 feet and stay just 2 feet across. You need at least two for cross-pollination and fruiting, but you may have space for a couple. The spring flowers are very pretty.
  5. Fine Line® Buckthorn has fine, feathery leaves and reaches a maximum of 7 feet and only 2 to 3 feet across. It is a simple, and attractive choice.

Click here for planting tips. When amending your soil for a new planting, we recommend adding Black Gold Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss for increased fertility.

I hope that some of these ideas appeal to you!

Happy gardening,

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist

 

 

About Jessie Keith


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

Leave a Reply

Content Disclaimer:

This site may contain content (including images and articles) as well as advice, opinions and statements presented by third parties. Sun Gro does not review these materials for accuracy or reliability and does not endorse the advice, opinions, or statements that may be contained in them. Sun Gro also does not review the materials to determine if they infringe the copyright or other rights of others. These materials are available only for informational purposes and are presented “as is” without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement or other information is at your own risk. In no event shall Sun Gro Horticulture Distribution, Inc. or any of its affiliates be liable to you for any inaccuracy, error, omission, fact, infringement and the like, resulting from your use of these materials, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting there from.

While we have made every effort to ensure the information on this website is reliable, Sun Gro Horticulture is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information in this site is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information.

Use of this site is subject to express terms of use. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use

View Our Privacy Policy