Best Shrubs for Dad

If your dad, father figure, partner, or hero to children in your life likes plants, but you’re not sure what would suit him best, we’ve got ideas. Whether he enjoys clipping, sniffing, chomping, or relaxing, there’s a plant that will bring him joy for years to come!

A row of blooming Purple Pillar roses of Sharon in the garden.

ZONES 5-9
FULL SUN
10-16 FT. TALL AND 4-5 FT. WIDE

  • super tough landscape performance
  • useful taller than wide habit
  • attracts pollinators
Puffer Fish hydrangea filled with fluffy creamy white flowers.

ZONES 3-8
FULL SUN – PART SUN
3-5 FT. TALL AND WIDE

  • massive blooms
  • captivating white coloring
  • reliable flowering, thanks to new wood buds
A dark pink blooming Wee Bit Grumpy hydrangea.

ZONES 5-9
FULL SUN – PART SUN
2 FT. TALL AND 2.5 FT. WIDE

  • super dramatic coloring no matter the pH
  • long bloom period
  • dwarf habit will fit anywhere
A few low growing fluffy Happy Face Yellow potentillas at the front of a garden bed.

ZONES 2-7
FULL SUN – PART SUN
2-3 FT. TALL AND WIDE

  • super low maintenance
  • remains beautiful despite tough conditions
  • flowers abundantly
A plate and bowl filled with a mixed salad, dressed with Flavorette Honey-Apricot rose petals.

ZONES 4-8
FULL SUN
5-8 FT. TALL AND 3-4 FT. WIDE

  • edible petals with a soft texture, yummy flavor
  • long bloom season
  • versatile landscape usage
The side view of an abundantly blooming Double Play Doozie spirea.

ZONES 3-8
FULL SUN – PART SUN
2-3 FT. TALL AND WIDE

  • blooms from early summer through frost
  • no deadheading required
  • attracts pollinators
Dark blue berries set against vibrant red foliage on Low Scape Mound aronia.

ZONES 3-9
FULL SUN
1-2 FT. TALL AND 2 FT. WIDE

  • bunched white spring flowers
  • dark blue berries in late summer
  • red, purple, and orange fall color

Whatever you choose, know that your gift will live as a reminder of your love. If possible, plant it together and relax together nearby. Time outside together is the greatest gift, after all.

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Kristina Howley

I am all in when it comes to gardening. Almost every part of the experience delights me – new leaves emerging in spring, pollinators buzzing in summer, birds devouring berries in fall, and the somber beauty of seed heads in winter. Thanks to a background in horticulture and gardening my own clay-filled, flowery USDA zone 5b plot, I’ve learned plenty of practical things as well. I like sharing these joys and lessons with my fellow gardeners and soon-to-be gardeners any way I can.

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