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A few hard working flowering shrubs in the garden add structure & height while bridging the season with interesting foliage. Plant in groupings or singly depending on the desired result or select flowering shrubs that bloom at different times for continued bloom from spring-fall.
Gardening has never been so easy with drought tolerant Butterfly Bush. A wide variety of colors and heights await your garden design. Plants grow fast and appreciate full sun and well drained soil. Cut back this deciduous shrub in the spring.
Blue Mist Shrub or Bluebeard is a low growing shrub with low water needs and beautiful blue flowers growing around 3-4 feet tall. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Cut back this deciduous shrub in the spring.
(Weeping Redbud) This small tree or large shrub has showstopping bright pink flowers in spring, giving way to heart-shaped leaves. Grows in full sun to part shade. Remove dead wood during or after flowering. Fertilize after flowering.
Hydrangea boasts foliage & flowering appeal and is regarded as one of the most popular shrubs for the home gardener. Versatile, they thrive in a range of soils from sun to shade.
Knock Out Roses
Perhaps one of the best landscape rose on the market today – hands down. Knock Out Roses bloom 5+ months and even flower well in part shade. Trim back 1/3 in the spring and fertilize with Osmocote.
This hardy shrub is commonly called lilac. Lilacs produce early spring, fragrant flowers. There is nothing like a fresh bouquet of lilacs to rejuvenate the spirit. A deciduous shrub, prune after blooming.
There are tons of varieties on what is commonly called Snowball Bush. White flowers in spring, Nice green color all season long. Foliage turns red/orange in fall and sometimes berries. Very easy to grow and widely adaptable to a range of soils.
Weigela is yet another foolproof shrub that thrives under adverse conditions, yet remains beautiful all season long. The star performance is in spring. Easy to grow.
With the array of sizes, shapes, flowers and forms, flowering shrubs are a natural fit in almost any setting large or small.
Our pick for Best New Shrub of the Decade! Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer brings a wealth of great features to gardeners nationwide.
Blooms in Zone 4 gardens! Finally, a mophead Hydrangea that will bloom in Zone 4 gardens across the country! This giant mophead Hydrangea was selected at Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota for its ability to bloom on new growth! Other mophead or macrophylla Hydrangeas bloom on last year’s growth (old wood), but Endless Summer Hydrangea blooms on both old AND new growth. So, in areas of extreme cold which can damage the old growth flower buds, you’ll get an entirely new flower show in mid summer & fall.
Months of GIANT 10″ flower heads! Endless Summer Hydrangea begins its flower show in early summer & continues for over 5 months with its heavy reblooming flower display. Mid-November of last year we STILL had flowers on our Endless Summer Hydrangea.
Best long-blooming flowering Hedge Plant we’ve found! Hydrangea Endless Summer makes a superb and long-flowering Hedge Plant growing to 4′ tall and 5′ wide. Used as a flowering hedge you get garden beauty as well as bouquets of fresh-cut Hydrangea flowers that last over 2 weeks in the vase!
Flower color changes with soil pH. As with all mophead Hydrangeas, the flower color will change according to your soil pH. Flowers are pink if you have more alkaline soil with a higher pH and are bright blue if you have more acidic soils with a lower pH.
Don’t forget the fall FOLIAGE show! Many gardeners forget that the foliage of Endless Summer Hydrangea also changes color in the fall taking on fiery colors of orange & red before the leaves finally drop off.
Here’s a terrific landscape look & a great way to spruce up a foundation planting. Tall Hydrangea shrubs give structure while Rudbeckia black-eyed susan, red daylilies add brilliant summer color. There is a Miscanthus (ornamental grass) that is providing an anchor on the far end.
Notice how repeating plants in a garden design makes this design cohesive while using fewer plants. The foundation looks organized by repeating the flower colors.
Just the simple elements of repetition, along with contrast & color, with shrubs as a focal point are the basics principles when it comes to garden design. Boy, is that getting me fired up about digging in again this year and reworking some haphhazard sections of my garden. How about you?