Some examples of dwarf flowering shrubs are the abelia, bearberry, plumbago, rock rose, dwarf summer sweet, dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons, some types of flowering quince, daphne, dwarf gardenia and pieris. These shrubs are ideal for small spaces in a garden, as foundation plants or in herbaceous borders.
Dwarf shrubs can also be grown in a variety of light conditions, soils and hardiness zones. Some, such as rhododendrons and azaleas, prefer acidic, moist but well-drained soil and partial sun. Others, such as the plumbago, need to be grown in the warm climates found in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 through 11. Though many dwarf shrubs blossom in spring and summer, the daphne produces intensely fragrant flowers in late winter.