Medium Height Shrubs

Medium-height shrubs you can keep 4 to 6 feet are prized as hedges or accents. Many of our most beautiful garden shrubs fall into this size category.

Orange bird of paradise flowering in a front bed

As you'll see in the plant listing at the bottom of this page, this plant grouping is loaded with classic favorites like hibiscus, gardenia and viburnum, as well as more exotic varieties like orange bird-of-paradise and angel's trumpet.

Some medium-height shrubs grow a bit more slowly than others, so they can start out life in your yard as a small shrub (though they'll want to grow bigger eventually).

Some can be kept trimmed a bit shorter than 4 feet or grown as a taller shrub...but 4 to 6 feet is an ideal height for this group of plants.

The Plant Pages profile each one in detail so you can choose the right mid-size shrubs for your home landscape.

South Florida shrubs of about 4 to 6 feet - whether flowering bushes or all-green ones - are the most useful staple of any landscape design. They're often planted not just for their beauty but also to serve a purpose, such as providing privacy, at a height you can easily maintain.

Landscape uses for medium height shrubs

  • hedge bushes
  • single entryway accent
  • privacy around the pool area or cage
  • accent plant for the corner of the house
  • garden bed anchor
  • stand-alone yard specimen
  • backdrop for smaller shrubs
  • as a surround or centerpiece planting for tall palm trees
  • to add height in an island bed
  • in front of a fence
  • flanking each side at the end of a walkway or drive
  • in pairs on each side of a gate or free-standing arbor
  • lining the side of the garage
  • along the edge of a patio to create an enclosure
  • to hide the A/C unit, trash can area, those hideous front yard pipes, or other "unmentionables"

Hedges are obviously one of the most common uses of medium height shrubs, and in this size range you have many choices of green, flowering, or colored foliage plants.

Of course taller shrubs can be used as hedges but ones you can trim to 4 to 6 feet give you a reachable trimming height for a more manicured look. Left to grow in a more natural form, they can create a more friendly hedge that doesn't seem so much like a wall.

If you're planting to camouflage something, choose a green shrub rather than a colorful one - color draws the eye right to it and that's what you want to avoid.

For more tips on landscaping with shrubs, see the Landscape Design Primer at Small Shrubs.

Medium height shrubs in this section:

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