Dazzling Flowering Shrubs for Multi-Season Interest

Masses of pink cluster flowers loaded on this beauty bush

Flowering shrubs can add a lot of interest to your gardens and landscape. 

Whether you want one for all the blooms it will produce or you need a privacy hedge to block out unwanted views, or you want to attract pollinators to your yard, there is a shrub that will look fantastic in your garden.

With such a wide variety to choose from, how do you know which one to choose?

You need to figure out where you want to plant it. Questions to ask yourself are-

  • Is it full sun (at least 6 hrs.), part shade (about 4 hrs. of sun) or all day shade (no sun at all).
  • Do you want something for the blooms or more of a privacy hedge?
  • Something that will give you year round interest?
  • Are you looking to grow fruit to have fresh berries each season?

Once you answer these questions the rest is easy. 

Most people like to have flowers in their garden from early spring until late fall. Here is a list of flowering shrubs according to bloom season.

Spring Flowering Shrubs

These flowering shrubs will bloom in April, May and June.

Forsythia Bush (Forsythia x intermedia)

Bright yellow flowers on the bare stems of this Forsythia bush.

With its bright yellow flowers that bloom in early to mid spring, it is a reliable sign that spring is in the air. Maxing out at about 8 to 10 feet tall and wide, they are fast growing shrub that should be pruned right after flowering.

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Common Lilac Bushes (Syringa)

Lilac Bush loaded with pinkish purple flower clusters.

The smell of lilac bushes is what attracts most people to these awesome plants. The ones I grow only get to about 5 to 8 feet tall and not as wide which are on the dwarf side of lilacs. 

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Viburnum Bush (Viburnum)

Viburnum Bush covered in large white snowball flowers

Another great garden fast growing bush for full sun to part shade and can also be considered a snowball bush with puff ball-like flower clusters that cover the shrub.

Salt tolerant.

Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

Beauty Bush full of small pinkish coloured flowers

If you are looking for a deer and rabbit and also disease resistant garden shrub, this is it. Beautiful pink flowers from May into June, this Beauty bush shrub is something to consider.

Drought tolerant.

Deutzia (Deutzia)

Masses of small white flowers covering this Deutzia plant

Deutzia will grow to 3 to 4 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide. These flowering shrubs get covered with small white flowers that last a couple of weeks during the spring. 

Pruning should be done right after the flowers are done blooming as this plant blooms on old wood.

Purple leaf Sand cherry (Prunus x cistena)

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry covered with light pink flowers.

Add some colour to your yard with the purple leaves and the springtime flowers. This low maintenance garden shrub can be grown in full sun or part shade.

It's also salt and drought tolerant.

Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Many bright white flowers with green centers

10' tall and 6.5' wide, this spring flowering shrub gets large colourful fruit that is excellent in pies, jams, and other sweet treats.

Ninebark (Physocarpus)

purple foliage with pinkish white clusters of flowers

Ranging in growth of between 3-10' tall, the Ninebark flowering shrub are widely grown in landscape for their beautiful clusters of flowers and there foliage. 

They can be grown in full sun to part shade and will grow in clay soil.

Mock Orange (Philadelphus virginalis)

A group of stunning white flowers with yellow centers and green leaves in the background

With the smell of citrus these Mock Orange plants are a delight to have in your garden.

It will grow to about 6 plus feet tall and wide and will bring lots of pollinators to your garden.

They bloom from late spring until early summer.

Summer Bloomers

Summer bloomers will bloom in July, August, and Sept. Some will ever keep blooming into October.

Hydrangea Shrub (Hydrangea)

Large bright pink flowers covering this Hydrangea shrub

Often called a snowball bush because of the big round flower clusters that fill the plant in the summer. This fabulous fast growing garden shrub can be grown in sun or shade.

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Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

Purple coloured flowers with lots of butterflies collecting nectar from the flowers of this butterfly bush.

One of the longest blooming shrubs with clusters of flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. It's a fast growing shrub that can benefit from a light pruning in early spring.

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Weigela Plant (Weigela florida)

Lots of pink bell-shaped flowers on this weigela plant.

For best blooming, Weigela plants like to be in full sun but can tolerate some light shade. They can grow from 4 to 10 feet tall and wide and look incredible when in full bloom with their tiny trumpet-like flowers covering the plant.

They also attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.

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Spirea Bush (Spiraea japonica)

Small clusters of light pink flowers cover this spirea bush.

Depending on the variety a Spirea bush can grow any where from 2 to 10 feet tall and wide in full sun. They are easy to care for and fast growing condensed shrub that will look great in any garden or landscape.

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Potentilla fruticosa (Potentilla fruticosa)

Potentilla shrub with beautiful peachy coloured flowers and reddish orange centers.

Quickly growing only to about 2-4 feet tall and wide, this low maintenance shrub makes a great attraction to a small garden as ground cover. Gorgeous flowers cover it from late spring until frost.

It's also drought and salt tolerant.

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

spikes of flowers standing above the foliage of this densely leaved shrub

If you are looking for a shrub that likes wet areas you might want to look at a summersweet shrub. 

With fragrant spikes of blooms in summer they range in size from 3-8' or so and thrive in full sun to part shade.

Bluebeard (Caryopteris)

clusters of blue blossoms on the tip of silvery-blue leaved stems.

If you want to attract bees to your yard, this is the plant for you. When mine is in bloom the honey bees and bumble bees are all over it. 

They bloom most of the summer and only get about 2-3' tall and wide. It's a really nice shrub for any size garden.

Rose of Sharon Bush (Hibiscus syriacus)

Rose of Sharon bush full of light purple flowers with reddish throats.

With striking large flowers in late summer to late fall, this low maintenance bush will compliment any garden. They can grow to about 8 to 10 feet tall and about 6 to 10 feet wide if planted in full sun.

Salt and Juglan (Walnut trees) tolerant.

American Beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana)

3 clusters of small fuchsia coloured berries attached to a branch

Growing 4-5' tall this whimsical shrub is a fantastic addition to your landscape. 

Blooming the end of summer then turning into berries during fall and winter they really stand out in your yard.

Because Flowering shrubs come in all different sizes, adding one to your garden is easy. Come for a visit to my nursery and I will help you pick out a beautiful flowering shrub for your landscape.

Just updated these types of shrubs and added a few more this year.

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