Front Yard Shrub Choices

Planting your front yard gardens is easier when you know what works best.

Todd Farber, Texas Horticulturist and owner of Garden Guy from the Sugar Land, Texas area, knows the best front yard landscaping plants for Zone 9a.

Come along and see what he recommends…

Front Yard Shrubs Texas Garden Guy

Tired of researching plants for Zone 9a  and feeling confused about what will really grow?

Feeling like you’d like to DIY some of your landscaping and need some shrub landscaping ideas?

Let’s dive right into these shrub recommendations from an expert in his field, Todd Farber, owner of Garden Guy.

Here are Todd’s top choices for front yard shrubs.  These low-maintenance shrubs make you a WINNER!

Indian Hawthorne

Indian Hawthorne Front Yard Shrub Garden Guy

Low, and slow-growing, Indian Hawthorne is the perfect shrub for sunny spots in your front yard landscape. It has a naturally rounded growing habit and needs little pruning.

You will love the clusters of pink or white blooms each spring. Birds and wildlife love the blue-colored berries it produces too.   It is also tough and can take hot temperatures.


Cleyera front yard landscaping sugar land texas

Cleyera requires full sunlight and partial shade and is suitable in Zone 9a as a border, hedge, screen, or foundation planting. It is a broadleaf evergreen shrub.

Enjoy its glossy new growth as it emerges ending in an attractive bronze tint before maturing to a deep lustrous green.

Encore Azalea

Encore Azaleas Garden Guy Sugar Land Texas

Everyone loves the gracious southern classic flower,  azalea!

Todd says, “ I  like to plant this fast-growing dwarf azalea for its numerous, semi-double, and single blooms.”   It is beautiful in landscapes in spring, summer, and fall.

Encore Azaleas bloom best when given four to six hours of direct sunlight daily.

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Kaleidoscope Abelia Garden GUy Sugar Land Texas

This lemon-lime-colored shrub can be used when landscaping your front yard.   Abelia easily attracts butterflies and is also a disease-resistant plant.  Todd calls this, “ an outstanding accent shrub!”  It has bright variegated foliage that is yellow with green centers and it produces a heavy bloom of light pink flowers in summer and fall.

Viburnum Suspensum

Viburnum Suspensum Garden Guy Sugar Land Landscaper

This foundation shrub is easy-care and beautiful.  It likes full sun to part shade and

BONUS!   Deer do not usually eat it.  Viburnum Suspensum’s lush green foliage makes it a great foundation plant or short hedge for landscaping your front yard.

It blooms in the spring and early summer with a white flower too.

Crimson Princess Azalea

Crimson Princess Azalea   Garden GUy Sugar Land Landscaper

Look at this beautiful purple-red ornamental!   It’s lovely to look at in your landscaping,  but it can also take the heat.  Todd loves landscaping with the Crimson Princess Azalea.

This is the most dwarf form of the crimson azalea. It usually measures 2 feet by 2 feet in your landscaping.   It looks so pretty in a landscape and never really needs care.

That’s a wrap on this Texas Horticulturists’ recommendations for best front yard shrubs.

We hope you can use this list to make your home landscaping for your front yard or backyard landscaping more beautiful!

These shrubs are available at most big box store nurseries.

If you can’t find what you need, reach out to Sabrina and we will try and help you.

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Todd Farber, Aggie Horticulturist and owner of Garden Guy knows what works plants can take the Texas heat.

These choices are the very ones that he has been using for the past 30 years to make Garden Guy the most successful local, family-owned landscaping company in Sugar Land, Texas and Missouri City, Texas.

Need more help than this?  Contact Sabrina for a private landscape consultation with Todd at your home.

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