Outdoor Shrubs

Bonsai – One of the More Ornamental Outdoor Shrubs

When planning your landscaping, including which outdoor shrubs to choose, there are many things to consider. In addition to what will work best in your climate, you need to decide what you want the landscaping to do for you. For example, do you hope that it can provide shade, privacy and beauty? Taking your end goals into consideration will make it easier to choose outdoor shrubs. Since adding beauty is a consideration for most people, adding some bonsai shrubs is a great choice.

There are many types of bonsai shrubs and trees. They vary in size from just around a foot to much larger varieties.

Flowering Jasmine

This outdoor shrub is perfect for use to flank a walkway or even for use on a patio. Since it reaches a height of only about a foot tall, it is perfect for those with very small yards who want to add some visual interest without taking over the entire yard with one or two shrubs.

Winter Jasmine

This shrub must be carefully worked with in order to provide an acceptable shape. The reason is that when left to grow naturally, it will grow more like a vine than a shrub. Still, it is a great addition as outdoor shrubs due to its ability to withstand the cold winter months.

It’s leaves are nearly as lovely as the small yellow flower that appear late in the season. If you want to have some flowers still blooming in the early stages of winter, consider adding this to your outdoor shrubs.


Many do not think of this as one of the outdoor shrubs that would be considered a bonsai, but it is. It produces an abundance of small bright yellow flowers in the early part of spring. Once the blooms have dropped off, the appearance of deep green leaves take over. This shrub is beautiful both during and after the blooming season.

Do not be intimidated by the fact that you must work to achieve the desired shape of a bonsai. There are many that are great for beginners, such as Juniper. Some think that you must have some artistic ability in order to achieve beauty with a bonsai plant. While such talent never hurt, really anyone can grow and shape bonsai with beautiful results.

The key is to not get to happy with the scissors. Instead, trim the shrub slowly, one small branch at a time. This will allow you the chance to step back and look at what you are creating a little at a time rather than hacking half of the shrub off before taking a look.

No doubt that there is some trial and error involved, but that is no reason not to try.

Of course, as mentioned above, you need to take your climate into consideration when choosing which outdoor shrubs, including bonsai, will work best for you. If you are not sure of this, it is best to discuss it with the experts at your local nursery.

They will have experience working in your particular climate and will help you choose the outdoor shrubs that have the best chance of thriving in your location.