While many hedges are used to create privacy or even security, small shrubs can be used to enhance the garden landscape or provide a welcoming entrance. There are several best small shrubs for your garden. First choice of small shrubs is big leaf hydrangea. Big leaf hydrangea is showy, deciduous flowering shrub with a height and width of 3 to 6 feet. This shrub has large clusters of ball-like flowers, in colours of white, pink or blue, that bloom throughout the summer and large bright green leaves. It makes an excellent showcase specimen or border plant. Growing in hardiness zones 6 to 9, the big leaf hydrangea prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partially shaded conditions. Or you can choose a Korean boxwood. A small evergreen shrub with a mature height and width of 3 to 4 feet, Korean boxwood makes an attractive foundation, hedge or single-specimen plant. This boxwood has a pleasing round compacted shape with branches of small dark green leaves that turn shades of yellow-brown to purplish-red in winter.
Cranberry cotoneaster is another choice of small shrubs. This shrub used in border and foundation plantings. Reaching a maximum height of 2 to 3 feet and a width of 3 to 5 feet, this small shrub is also suitable for use as ground cover. Small pink flowers appear on the branches in spring that turn into bright red fruit in summer and autumn.