Shrubs are one of the main components of landscaping. Shrubs look best when planted together in mass plantings, rather than spaced out in an area. Plant shrubs in areas with space to accommodate the mature sizes. Flowering shrubs offer a variety of colours and sizes to add interest to your landscape. This type of shrub is used as hedges, privacy screens, foundation plants and showcase plants.
Beauty-bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis) grows to 10 feet tall. The branches of this shrub grow upright then arch over in a fountain shape. Trumpet-shaped pink blossoms appear in the spring and cover the branches. This bush looks best as a backdrop for peonies or other perennial flowers.
Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) produces fragrant white, pink, lilac, blue and purple flowers in the late spring. This upright shrub grows in nearly any type of soil. Lilac bushes reach 9 feet tall and need annual pruning to keep its size under control. Removing 1/3 of the branches promotes flowering.
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) reaches 10 feet tall or higher in warm climates. This shrub produces large white, pink and red flowers near the end of summer. Crape myrtle needs protection from severe cold. This shrub grows back when damaged by freezing temperatures, but does not flower that same year.
Flowering quince shrubs (Chaenomeles lagenaria) are 6 feet tall with deep red, white and pink blossoms. The flowers appear before the flowering quince produces leaves. Large, yellow-green fruit mature at the end of summer and are used in jelly. This flowering shrub can leave a mess in the landscape and requires fall maintenance.
Hills of Snow Hydrangea
Hills of snow hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens grandiflora) produces white flower bunches that are 6 inches across. The bush grows only 3 feet tall. Hydrangeas are damaged by freezing temperatures, but will grow back and produce flowers in the spring.
Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) produces blossoms near the end of summer. The white, pink, red and blue blooms are available in single or double flowers. Rose of Sharon shrubs grow upright to 12 feet in height. Remove the older branches each year to encourage the production of large flowers.