While you may think of shrubs as "just green bushes," they are actually much more. Shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Some flowerings shrubs produce beautiful blossoms; other shrubs give berries, and others even provide fragrance! No matter what effect you are trying to achieve, there is undoubtedly a shrub that will fit the bill.
Using a medley of shrub shapes creates design interest that goes much deeper than the leaves and flowers. And when you also take into account the other qualities shrubs have to offer, you'll see that they are an asset to any kind of garden.
- Plant fragrant flowered shrubs near doors or windows so you can enjoy their perfume both indoors and out.
- Cut flowering stems from your shrubs and bring them indoors to use in big bouquets. If you have large vases that dwarf ordinary annual or perennial stems, fill them with long branches of forsythia, lilac, or viburnum. What a wonderful way to celebrate spring!
- Plant shrubs that will flower in succession through the growing season. Get some spring, summer, and fall bloomers -- then play them up, using other plants as supporting characters. Match the flower color of a viburnum with a cluster of daffodils. Echo the color of an azalea with a pot of pink pansies.
On this page, we've included links to flowering shrubs, grouped according to flowering season. Before planting, check with your garden center to make sure that the shrubs you've selected will flourish in your locale.Spring Flowering Shrubs:
Summer Flowering Shrubs:
Summer and Fall Flowering Shrubs:
Fall Flowering Shrubs:
Fall, Winter, and Spring Flowering Shrubs:
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