18 Best Flowering Shrubs: Garden Shrubs for Your Landscape
18 Best Flowering shrubs for your gardens and landscapes.
No garden is complete without them. Garden shrubs provide a focal point in your landscape and add a punch of colour, texture and style.
You can grow them for:
- the colourful blooms they produces
- a privacy hedge to block out unwanted views
- or to attract pollinators to your yard
There is a garden shrub that will look fantastic in your landscape.
With such a wide variety to choose from, how do you know which one to choose?
You will need to figure out where you want to plant it. Questions to ask yourself are-
- How much sun is it going to need (full sun 6 hrs. or more), part shade (about 4 hrs. of sun) or all day shade (no sun at all)?
- Is it something for the blooms or more of a privacy hedge?
- Something that will give you year round interest?
- Is it to grow fruit and have fresh berries each season?
Once you answer these questions the rest is easy.
Varieties of Garden Shrubs
It's nice to have flowers in the garden from early spring until late fall. Below I've list some flowering shrubs according to when they bloom.
Early Spring Flowering Shrubs
Early spring flowering shrubs is a sign that winter is over and a new season has begun. Here are some early spring bloomers that I offer.
- Flowering Quince
- Witch Hazel
- Naking Cherry
Here's a few more that I offer in my plant nursery.
Forsythia Bush (Forsythia x intermedia)
With its bright yellow flowers that bloom in early to mid spring, it is a reliable sign that spring is in the air. Forsythias are fast growing shrub that range in size from 2 - 10 feet tall and wide.
I always prune my forsythia right after it's done flowering to about 2' tall. If you need to prune this flowering shrub during the winter keep in mind that you will be cutting off the flowers for next year.
Common Lilac Bushes (Syringa)
I love the smell of lilacs and I really like bringing that aroma indoors. I usually have a few vases of flowers around my house in spring.
I'm currently growing about 7 different varieties including a few in containers. They flower best in full sun and should be pruned as soon as they are done flowering.
Viburnum Bush (Viburnum)
A viburnum is great garden shrub that is fast growing in full sun to part shade. It gets snowball like puffy flower clusters that cover the shrub in spring.
It's also Salt tolerant.
Read More About this flowering shrub
Deutzia will grow to 3 to 4 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide. These flowering shrubs get covered with small white flowers in spring.
Prune right after flowering as this plant blooms on old wood.If you wait until fall or early spring you will be cutting off the blooms for next year.
Read more about the Deutzia here.
More Spring Shrubs
Late Spring Flowering Shrubs
Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)
The Beauty bush will get covered in beautiful pink flowers from May into June.
This shrub is deer and rabbit resistant. It's also drought tolerant and disease resistant.
Read more about the Beauty Bush here.
Purple leaf Sand cherry (Prunus x cistena)
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.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry
Ninebark flowering shrub Ranges in growth of between 3-10' tall. they are grown in landscape for their clusters of flowers and there foliage.
They can be grown in full sun to part shade and will grow in clay soil.
Mock Orange Shrub (Philadelphus virginalis)
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.
Variegated Mock Orange
Summer bloomers will bloom in July, August, and Sept. Some flowering shrubs will keep blooming into October.
Here are the ones I offer in my plant nursery.
Hydrangea Shrub (Hydrangea)
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.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)
The butterfly bush is one of the longest blooming shrubs. They bloom from early summer until the frost hits it in fall.
The clusters of flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.
It's a fast growing shrub that enjoys a light pruning in early spring.
Weigela Plant (Weigela florida)
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. They look incredible when in bloom with tiny trumpet-like flowers covering the plant.
They also attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Spirea Bush (Spiraea japonica)
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.
Potentilla fruticosa (Potentilla fruticosa)
The Potentilla shrubs are fast growing to about 2-4 feet tall and wide. They are low maintenance shrub that make a great addition to a small garden. Gorgeous flowers cover it from late spring until frost.
It's also drought and salt tolerant.
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
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.
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 an awesome shrub for any size garden.
Rose of Sharon Bush (Hibiscus syriacus)
Striking large flowers from summer to fall, Rose of Sharon is a low maintenance bush. 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)
Growing 4-5' tall this whimsical shrub is a fantastic addition to your landscape.
It will Bloom during summer which turn into berries during fall and winter.
White American Beautyberry
Purple American Beautyberry
More Summer Plants
Because Flowering shrubs come in all different sizes, adding one to your garden is easy.
How to Trim Bushes
Wondering how to trim your bushes and shrubs?
Trimming bushes and shrubs is pretty easy. A lot of people are afraid to trim them as they think they will do a bad job.
It's not hard to do and the plant will be a lot happier for it. It's similar to us getting a haircut. We need trimming once in a while and so do your plants.
If you notice the plant has a branch sticking out into the middle of nowhere and you don't like it, trim it off. It doesn't matter what time of year it is or whether the plant is flowering or not, just cut it off. It might not flower again this year but the plant will look even better next year.
If you want to do a hard prune on the plant, meaning cutting it back to a couple feet or less, you should wait until the plant is dormant, around the end of November until early April.
Doing a hard pruning when the plant is actively growing will stress the plant.
There are certain plants that should be cut back as soon as they are done flowering. Lilacs, Forsythias, and some Hydrangeas are among them. If you trim them during winter you are cutting off the flowers for next year. If you don't mind loosing the flowers for a year than yes you can trim them during winter.
Come for a visit to my plant nursery and I will help you pick out a beautiful flowering shrub for your landscape.
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