Shrubs are a natural fit for most old houses, but not every shrub will work in every climate. The charts below offer shrub suggestions based on their USDA Hardiness Zone, determined by a location's average winter temperatures. (If you don't already know which Hardiness Zone you live in, consult the map below.) This sampling of heirloom shrubs, all of which were introduced to the U.S. in the 19th century or earlier, offers everything from free-form florals to stately evergreens.
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