Which Shrub Should I Plant?

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An informal hedge of forsythia makes a cheerful statement. (Photo: Lee Reich)

An informal hedge of forsythia makes a cheerful statement. (Photo: Lee Reich)

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.

USDA Hardiness zone map courtesy of The National Arbor Day Foundation

USDA Hardiness zone map courtesy of The National Arbor Day Foundation

Informal Deciduous

Informal Evergreen

Formal Deciduous

Formal Evergreen

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