Perennials and annuals aren’t the only plants that provide texture, color and aroma in the garden. Use shrubs throughout your yard or even as a border for a look that stuns all year long.
These 6 flowering shrubs create wonderful pops of color with low-maintenance care.
6 Shrubs that Bloom Beautifully:
1. Hydrangea paniculata
One of the easiest hydrangeas to grow, the white flower clusters of this shrub add a refreshing note of color to any landscape. The flowers are held upright on sturdy stems and contrast nicely with the green foliage. Varieties range in size, from 3’ high all the way to tree-like 15-20’. Grow in partial or full sun.
2. Butterfly bush
Masses of purple blossoms make this shrub a true show-stealer. This fast-growing shrub fills the air with a fruit scent and attracts butterflies from summer to autumn. Plant in partial shade to full sun and water regularly until established.
Viburnums explode with clusters of white or pink flowers in early spring and the leaves turn purple to red in fall. Plant viburnum as a hedge for privacy or in garden beds. Prune immediately after it flowers. Grow in partial or full sun.
4. Shrub rose
Shrub roses take the best of the hardiest rose species, and combine those traits with repeat blooming and diverse flower forms, colors and fragrances. Some shrub roses may grow tall, with vigorous, far-reaching canes; others stay compact.
Recent rose breeding has focused on developing hardier shrub roses for landscaping that need little to no maintenance. Plant shrubs in full sun and feed regularly with a fertilizer made specifically for roses.
Spirea have small leaves and twiggy branches, but are recognized for their large size and giant blooms. A member of the rose family, these easy-to-care-for shrubs are beautiful and fast growing. These shrubs will flower abundantly in sunny spots. Spirea are drought-tolerant plants once established.
Also known as pepper bush, this ornamental shrub has spicy-smelling white flowers.
This low-maintenance plant has dark green foliage that turns yellow or orange during autumn for multiple seasons of spectacular color. Plant summersweet in a location where it will receive partial to full sun and where it’ll have plenty of room to grow.