My top shrub may surprise some of you. I choose Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ otherwise known as Dwarf burning bush.
My reason for choosing this shrub is that I belive that the colour in fall cannot be matched. It is compact, undemanding and put’s on a BRILLIANT show when the rest of the garden is starting to fade. During the summer months in provides structure and a beautiful green background for perennials that are having their time to shine.
In Ottawa gardens you can expect this shrub to get 1.5m in width and approx 1.2m in height.