Shop All Native Shrubs: Beautiful and Beneficial to the Ecosystem
Native shrubs are a wonderful way to add interest to a garden or yard. They add texture, color, and dimension. They do well on their own along walkways, can help separate a patio space from the rest of your yard, and add significant curb appeal to the value of your home.
Preserve your local habitat by shopping for native shrubs for sale at Perfect Plants.
What Makes a Native Shrub?
Native shrubs are any plant that occurs naturally in an ecosystem. If a naturally occurring shrub is planted, it will have a greater chance of thriving, as these plants are known to grow in the area without human interaction. Plants that are added by humans are not native and will need some help to get started.
Why Use Native Shrubs?
Native shrubs don’t need as much care as imported varieties. This means that they are resistant to disease, weeds, and pests in your area. You can usually forgo fertilizers and pesticides. Native plants require less maintenance than lawns or exotic plants. They also cut down on the amount of area that needs to be mowed, thereby reducing the use of fossil fuels that pollute the environment.
Native plants are adapted to your local weather. They will survive harsh winters and summers without any interference from humans. Native plants tend to be more drought tolerant and don’t need excessive watering. This translates to saving money on your water bill.
Native shrubs can prevent erosion in problem areas along walls, terraced landscapes, and embankments. Native shrubs establish easily and provide excellent shelter for local wildlife. The various habitats provided by native shrubs create and support biodiversity. This, in turn, preserves the natural heritage of indigenous animals and plants.
The Best Types of Native Shrubs
When choosing what kind of plant to get, it’s a good idea to think about what you want in a shrub. You can spend time out in your yard at different times of the day to see what’s missing.
Would you like to attract more birds? Do you want a native shrub that’s pollinator-friendly? Are you wanting to have more privacy? How much time do you want to commit to maintaining your shrub? Do you want your shrub to look beautiful year-round? These are the kinds of questions you want to ask yourself.
Which Native Shrubs are Local to My Area?
Since we have so many native shrubs for sale at Perfect Plants, you may not be sure which plant is local to your area. The best way to find out if a shrub will grow near you is with the Zone Filter. Simply select your growing zone and Perfect Plants will show you which deciduous and evergreen shrubs are native to your area.
Let’s explore the different types of shrubs available. In the sections ahead we will go into more detail about which type of native shrub you can choose and why each is desirable for your situation.
Native Evergreen Shrubs
Depending upon the USDA growing zone in which you reside, there are numerous shrubs that stay green and beautiful year-round. In fact, some native evergreen shrubs really stand out and shine during the winter months.
This versatile plant is evergreen. It does well in either partial shade or in full sun. It works especially well as a privacy hedge, as it can reach 10 to 15 feet in height. It also has a wonderful licorice scent when the leaves are brushed, touched, or crushed. May through June, this shrub displays compact yellowish-green flowers. Ocala Anise really does have it all.
Native Shrubs for Birds
Do you love to birdwatch? Are you wanting to support your local wildlife with both food and shelter? Below are some of the best native shrubs for birds.
This delightful plant features bright red twigs that catch the eye no matter what season you are in. These scarlet twigs are a wonderful addition to flower arrangements, basketry, and seasonal décor. This plant also has clustery white flowers in spring and develops deep red variegated leaves by fall. The attractive white berries are a tasty meal for wildlife.
This shrub is a definite fall treat for the eyes. It boasts bright yellow stems. It is also wonderful for adding to flower arrangements, basketry, and home décor. The bark keeps its bright yellow color throughout winter. Late spring brings fragrant flowery white clusters. Blue-white ornamental fruit emerges by summer’s end and is beloved by local wildlife. This plant does well in moist areas.
Native Flowering Shrubs
Need a little flower power in your yard? We’ve got you covered. These flowery gems are sure to make your yard look dazzling.
This beautiful native displays delicate clusters of white or pink flowers along tall shoots. The broadleaf foliage is lobed and looks similar to that of oak leaves. This native shrub is an eye-catcher.
This low-maintenance shrub grows in compact clusters. In spring it has darling white flowers that cover the entire bush profusely. The flowers are small and clustered. Dark berries develop by late summer. Birds love and are attracted to this plant. This shrub also does well as a privacy shrub because it can reach up to 12 feet tall and wide.
Native Shrubs for Screening and Privacy
Many of us feel that our outdoor space is just as important as our indoor space. We often spend numerous hours outside in our yard each day. Having the right shrubs in place can make your yard feel more private.
Muhly grass really shines in the fall. It develops fluffy pink tips. This feathery tipped grass is a nice way to create a pinkish backdrop along fences. Its pinkish-purple stalks grow up to five feet tall and can help add a bit of privacy for backyard patios and sitting areas.
Though slow-growing, Shilling Holly can grow up to 7 feet tall and 10 feet wide. This hardy shrub has fine delicate leaves that grow in a dense pattern. It has small flowers in spring and does not produce fruit. This shrub is great for sculpting and training into an attractive shape. Schilling Holly is great for walkways, front door planters, or well-spaced in garden beds. It enjoys full sun but can tolerate partial shade as well.
No matter what kind of yard you have, there are a variety of wonderful native shrubs that will meet your needs. To find out what native plants are found in your area, you can do a search by zip code through Audubon.org.
At Perfect Plants, we have the right plant for every yard. To add native plants to your yard, you can also check out our native trees section.
Let us know what native shrubs you love and why. Shop our selection of shrubs for sale!