Sprinter® Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)
This versatile evergreen shrub adds year-round color, structure and texture to the landscape. Boxwood can be used to edge pathways and borders, and is highly amenable to shearing into formal hedging and topiaries. Sprinter® is one of the best fast-growing deer-resistant shrubs, with a compact habit suitable for containers and small spaces.
Hardy in zones 5-9, full sun to full shade, 2-4’ tall and wide
Beyond Midnight® Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
Bluebeard is a deciduous shrub with dazzling blue flowers that bloom from late summer to early fall, at a time of year when few other shrubs are flowering. Beyond Midnight® has glossy dark green foliage and deep blue flowers, with a compact habit suitable for smaller yards.
Hardy in zones 5-9, full sun, 2-2'6” tall and wide
3. Butterfly Bush
‘Miss Molly’ Butterfly Bush (Buddleia x)
While butterfly bush can be invasive in some regions, ‘Miss Molly’ is a sterile variety that won’t self sow. The deep pink flowers bloom over an exceptionally long time, from mid-summer into fall, and are highly attractive to butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators. Plant this compact deciduous shrub in a butterfly border, container or mass in the landscape.
Hardy in zones 5-9, full sun, 4-5’ tall and wide
Double Play® Candy Corn® Spirea (Spirea japonica)
Spirea is an easy-care deciduous shrub that is especially versatile in the landscape. The emerging leaves of Double Play® Candy Corn® start out bright red, fading to pineapple yellow. New growth occurs throughout the growing season, providing dramatic contrast to the rose-purple flowers that occur from spring into summer. Use this compact variety as low hedging, for edging pathways, in containers or massed in the landscape.
Hardy in zones 4-8, full sun to part sun, 1'6"-2' tall and 1'6" to 2'6” wide
Brandywine™ Viburnum (Viburnum nudum)
This shrub has breathtaking berries and glossy leaves that turn dark maroon-red in autumn. Use it for hedging or as a specimen plant for late fall color. Plus, Brandywine™ has good berry production even without another pollinator nearby.
Hardy in zones 5-9, full sun to part sun, 5-6’ tall and wide
Yuki Cherry Blossom® Deutzia (Deutzia x)
Deutzia is a low-maintenance deciduous shrub with clusters of fragrant bell-shaped flowers in spring. Yuki Cherry Blossom®, the first pink flowered ‘Nikko’ type deutzia, is one of the best small deer-resistant shrubs, with dark green foliage and rich burgundy-purple fall color. Plant this diminutive variety in containers, as edging, or mass as a ground cover along a slope.
Hardy in zones 5-8, full sun to part sun, 1-2’ tall and wide
Show Off® Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia)
One of the earliest shrubs to flower in spring, forsythia has cheerful yellow bell-shaped blooms that occur along the stems. This tough deciduous shrub grows in a wide range of conditions and is hardy in most regions. Show Off® doesn’t require much pruning to retain a tidy appearance. Use as hedging, in foundation plantings or mixed borders.
Hardy in zones 5-8, full sun to part sun, 5-6’ tall and wide
8. False Cypress
Soft Serve® False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera)
False cypress is one of the best deer-resistant evergreen shrubs. This hardy conifer is grown for the attractive cedar-like foliage and year-round interest in the landscape. Soft Serve® is a dwarf variety with softly textured needles and a graceful habit suited for Asian-style gardens, as privacy screening or hedging.
Hardy in zones 4-8, full sun to part sun, 6-10’ tall and 5-6’ wide
Gin Fizz® Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)
This hardy evergreen conifer, which comes in a wide range of sizes and shapes, is valued for its year-round appeal, carefree nature and versatility in the landscape. Gin Fizz® has an upright pyramidal shape, with softly textured aromatic green foliage and attractive blue-green berries. Use as a stand-alone focal point, as hedging or screening.
Hardy in zones 4-8, full sun, 10-18’ tall and 7-10’ wide
10. Scotch Broom
Sister Disco® Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Scotch broom is a drought-tolerant deciduous shrub with pea-like flowers and an upright broom-like structure. The blooms of Sister Disco® are red and yellow bicolored for a striking effect in the landscape. This European native is not recommended for areas where Scotch broom has naturalized and become invasive. Use in mass plantings as erosion control along a slope.
Hardy in zones 5-8, full sun, 1-3’ tall and wide
11. Dogwood Shrubs
Arctic Fire® Red Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)
Red osier dogwood, which is native to North America, is grown for its hardiness, easy-care nature and four-season appeal. Spring flowers are followed by white or purple berries, orange-red fall color and red branches that light up the winter landscape. Arctic Fire® is suitable for smaller yards and is tolerant of full sun or partial shade. Plant this deciduous shrub in a woodland setting or mass in the landscape.
Hardy in zones 2-7, full sun to part shade, 3-5’ tall and wide
12. Rose of Sharon
Blue Chiffon® Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)
The exotic tropical-looking flowers of hardy hibiscus are an unforgettable sight in the summer landscape. This deciduous shrub can be used in foundation plantings, mixed borders and as hedging. Blue Chiffon® produces unusual double blue flowers in late summer to fall when few other shrubs are blooming.
Hardy in zones 5-9, full sun, 8-12’ tall and 4-6’ wide
Black Lace® Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Elderberry, a deciduous shrub with multi-seasonal appeal, produces clusters of spring flowers, attractive foliage, colorful berries and fall color. Black Lace® has pink flowers and deeply dissected purple-black foliage that resembles Japanese maple. Use as a focal point, in foundation plantings or mixed borders.
Hardy in zones 5-7, full sun to partial sun, 6-8’ tall and wide
Bloomerang® Dark Purple Reblooming Lilac (Syringa x)
Lilacs are one of the most beloved flowering shrubs, with delicate clusters of star-shaped flowers that fill the garden with sweet fragrance in spring. This hardy deciduous bush is useful in foundation plantings, mixed borders, or as hedging. Bloomerang® Dark Purple reblooms from mid-summer until frost with dark purple buds that open to pale pink. Suitable for containers and small spaces.
Hardy in zones 3-7, full sun, 4-6’ tall and wide
Spilled Wine® Weigela (Weigela florida)
An old-fashioned favorite, weigela produces clusters of tubular flowers in spring, with deciduous foliage in various colors. Spilled Wine® is a compact variety suitable for smaller yards, with deep purple foliage that contrasts dramatically with the raspberry-pink flowers. Use this mounding spreading type as edging along walkways, in foundation plantings or massed in the landscape.
Hardy in zones 4-8, full sun, 2-3’ tall and wide
Sunjoy Mini Maroon® Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
This non-invasive barberry is a compact, deer-resistant shrub that boasts stunning maroon foliage. It is easy to care for and thrives in full sun. Use it to add a splendid touch of color to landscape borders, in containers or as a way to enhance home security with its thorny stems.
Hardy in zones 4-8, full sun, 2-3' tall and wide
Center Stage® Pink Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
With vivacious pink blossoms and deep burgundy foliage, this breathtaking shrub provides color from spring through fall. Center Stage® Pink makes an impressive focal point in any landscape.
Hardy in zones 6-10, full sun, 6-12’ tall and 8’ wide
Happy Face® Yellow (Potentilla fruticosa)
Brighten any garden with this delightful shrub featuring cheerful yellow blooms and lush green foliage. It blooms non-stop from spring to frost, is super durable, needs little maintenance and is highly deer resistant. Grow it in mixed borders, foundation plantings, or mass plantings.
Hardy in zones 2-7, part sun to sun, 2-3' tall and wide
Sweet Emotion® Hardy Abelia (Abelia mosanensis)
Abelia is a charming addition to any deer-resistant garden. This variety has fragrant white and pink blossoms in spring and lush green foliage that turns a stunning orange hue in autumn. Grow it alongside other deer-resistant plants in a spot where its spicy-sweet fragrance can be enjoyed.
Hardy in zones 4-8, part sun to sun, 5-6' tall and wide
Jolene Jolene™ Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)
Enjoy quite a show from this enchanting shrub with delicate, bell-shaped pink flowers on arching branches. Jolene Jolene™ is care-free, smaller than other beautybushes, and makes an excellent flowering hedge, foundation plant, and all-purpose landscape plant.
Hardy in zones 4-8, part sun to sun, 3-6' tall and 4-6' wide
21. Siberian Cypress
Celtic Pride® Siberian Cypress (Microbiota decussata)
Add a serene touch of greenery to any landscape with this low-growing shrub. Celtic Pride® has elegant, feathery foliage that with a rich green hue that turns bronzy in winter. It is an ideal choice for deer-resistant groundcover.
Hardy in zones 2-7, part sun to sun, 1-3' tall and 4-5' wide
Proud Berry® Coralberry (Symphoricarpos sp.)
This shrub's bright pink berries add a vibrant splash of color to the fall garden. It is exceptionally hardy and tough, is excellent for cut branches, and effortlessly fends off deer.
Hardy in zones 3-7, part sun to sun, 3-4' tall and wide