Easy-Care Shrubs You Can Plant Now


Whether you’re planning the landscape for a home or a business, you’ll probably need a selection of hardy, low-maintenance shrubs to fill in gaps and provide a foundation for the more delicate elements of your planned landscape. Find out which easy-care shrubs you can plant now and enjoy for years to come.

Gold Spirea

A pretty shrub with bright green pointed leaves and bunches of vivid flowers, the Gold Spirea comes in several varieties. Not only are they beautiful, but these shrubs also tend to attract charming visitors such as hummingbirds to your garden. As long as you place them in full sun or partial shade, they should thrive without much attention. They work well in flowerbeds as a showstopper or as filler between other eye-catching plants.

Alice Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Some hydrangeas can be picky about soil, and some require extensive pruning; but the Alice Oakleaf hydrangeas are much less demanding. They’ll grow several feet tall, yielding lovely foliage reminiscent of oak leaves, bursting with huge white blooms. They serve well as a border and function best in part shade or full sun. And the best part is that there’s no need to prune them at all. Look forward to dramatic leaf color changes in the fall.

Blue Star Juniper

Blue star junipers are popular for their unique starburst shapes and the blue tinge of their needles. As a dwarf shrub, they grow low to the ground and are slow to spread—but they require little maintenance, and they can handle harsh weather with ease.

Emerald Arborvitae

The Emerald arborvitae is a tough, survivalist shrub that you can allow to develop naturally or shape a bit to serve your landscaping needs. These shrubs naturally form columnar shapes similar to Christmas trees—hence the name. Left to themselves, they will thrive to a width of 3-5 feet and a height up to 15 feet.

Winter burn rarely affects these hardy shrubs, so they should retain their lush color even during the winter. And, once the root system is well established, they can weather a drought. They work well as a property line demarcation, a privacy barrier, or a decorative element in your front yard.

Burning Bush Euonymus

If you’re looking for a shrub with a pop of color, try the Burning Bush Euonymus. This type of easy care shrub has beautiful red flowers on every branch and tiny berries that birds love.

These bushes love full fun and some can grow as high as 15 feet. If the soil drains well, you can be sure your bush will flourish with light watering and little to no pruning. Only apply fertilizer early in the year to bring your plant’s flowering to maximum drama.  

If you need additional ideas for hardy shrubs or easy-care plants, contact Kurtz Bros., Inc. any time. Our experts are happy to lend advice and point you to varieties that will spice up your outdoor space without adding to your workload. Remember, you can also visit our website to order soils, decorative stones, and other supplies to keep your yard looking good.