10 Shrubs for Windy Gardens
It’s not only coastal gardens that have to deal with persistent winds; inland gardens at higher altitude also get regularly battered.
Don’t fight it!
There are plenty of plants for which these conditions are a breeze. Here are ten shrubs that are up to the challenge.
Isanti Red-Osier Dogwood
Zone: 2 – 8
Spring flowers and showy blood-red stems in winter. Loves moist conditions. Partial to full sun. Up to 6′ fall and wide.
Santa’s Delight® English Holly
Zone: 6 – 9
Bright red berries persist into winter. Add a male English holly for best berry set. Full to partial shade. Up to 12′ tall and 8′ wide.
Blue Gem Westringia
Zone: 9 – 10
Perfect in coastal or inland windy spots; thrives with minimal watering or care. Filtered to full sun. Up to 6′ tall and wide.
Starkie’s Gold Arborvitae
Zone: 3 – 7
Bright golden, aromatic foliage on a tall narrow pyramidal form. Tolerates limestone soils. Full sun. Up to 15′ tall and 4′ wide.
Majestic Beauty® Indian Hawthorn
Zone: 7 – 11
Easy-to-grow evergreen shrub produces fragrant, pearl-pink flowers. Partial to full sun. Up to 25′ tall and 10′ wide.
Dwarf Strawberry Tree
Zone: 7 – 9
White flowers yield bright, edible fruits. Fuss-free year-round interest. Partial to full sun. Up to 8′ tall and wide.
Icee Blue® Juniper
Zone: 3 – 9
Full, dense crown of finely textured foliage creates a solid cover in a short time. Full sun. Up to 4″ tall spreading to 8′ wide.
Zone: 4 – 6
This American native thrives in the alkaline sandy soils. Fragrant, dense foliage. Partial to full sun. Up to 9′ tall and wide.
Purple Cow™ Crape Myrtle
Zone: 6 – 9
Mid-size, compact shrub features beautiful, deep purple flowers set against dark green foliage. Full sun. Up to 10′ tall and 5′ wide.
Zone: 5 – 8
Pink buds open to lightly fragrant, creamy white flowers. Partial to full sun. Up to 10′ tall and 8′ wide.
Good to Know:
- Choose appropriate, wind-resilient species.
- These are suggestions–any shrub can fail if not planted in appropriate conditions and given the care required.
- Shrubs planted in groups tend to sustain less damage than single shrubs standing alone.
- Plant in groups of 5 or more.
- Add other shrubs to ensure diversity.