10 Shrubs for Windy Gardens

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.


Northern Bayberry
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.


Prague Viburnum
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.