There are many common forms of shrubs that can spruce up your outdoor landscaping and may offer other benefits and uses.

Pyramidal shrubs are triangular shaped and have many leaves. They are common to many types of coniferous trees, such as junipers. Pyramidal shrubs have a neat, clean appearance.

Low branching shrubs grow so close to the ground they often appear to be “creeping.” Low branching shrubs are low maintenance.

Round headed shrubs grow in the shape of a ball. They give a casual or natural look to any landscape or garden.

Prostrate shrubs have branches that grow horizontal or directly on the ground.

Upright shrubs have branches that angle upward, contrary to prostrate shrubs.

Compact shrubs have such dense foliage that little to no light can pass through.

Open shrubs have many exposed spots because the leaves grow in clumps.

Weeping shrubs are known for bending toward the ground because the new growth does not have enough strength to stand up under the weight of leaves.


There are several uses for shrubs in your outdoor landscape. Hedges can be a natural way to keep out pedestrians, bicycles, and cars from a restricted area. They can also be used to preserve the privacy of your home, commercial property, or roads. Trees and shrubs are also effective at breaking wind and deadening noise, making a quieter and warmer yard for you to enjoy. Shrubs also make excellent ground cover for spots that are covered by dirt or rocks and may not be appealing to the eye. Shrubs are a simple, artistic element that can be used in almost any garden to make it a little more homey and refined.

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