Flowering Shrubs and Bushes to Plant for Garden Color

Flowering shrubs and bushes to give your home curb appeal. Dwarf evergreen shrubs for shade. Landscaping with shrubs. Landscape roses. Deer resistant barberry. Viburnum, dogwood, mock orange, Abelia...

This is the impact that flowering bushes can have on a landscape.

For a low maintenance landscape:

 Use as many shrubs as the space will permit. 

Fill the gaps between the bushes with your favorite perennials, and use annual plants just to provide color during the first summer while the more permanent plants are still settling in.

A gorgeous yard, filled with bloom, is an asset to any home; and flowering shrubs play a key role in creating a landscape that looks good all year.

Mixed plantings, where trees, bushes, perennial plants, and annuals mingle, are the best option for most landscapes. 

Always install the largest, most permanent plants first.

First, the trees go in.  Next, decide how many shrubs you will need.

This is one of those situations where less is definitely not more. 

Shrubs are generally easier to care for than perennials.  They also stick around and provide structure after the annual and perennial plants have bid the garden adieu for the season.


Top Flowering Garden Shrubs and Plants

Hydrangea - Annabelle
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

The epitome of versatility, flowering shrubs and bushes can be used either as accent or anchor plants in a perennial garden, or they can be stuffed into the landscape, cheek-by-jowl, to create a shrub garden of profuse bloom, fragrance, and texture.

I've listed a few of the most garden-worthy flowering shrubs and bushes available on this page.  These are plants which bloom generously over a long season.

Of course, there are many more of these blooming beauties than space would permit me to list here, so I've divided the plants by color and use. 

The heading for each section is a clickable link to an entire page of flowering bushes that fit that description.

Deer Resistant Shrubs

Rosy Glow Barberry Shrub
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

If you live where deer like to forage, your garden plan must consist of flowering shrubs and bushes that deer do not want to taste. 

While there is no way to guarantee that these adorable marauders won't dine in your yard, (famished deer will sometimes eat plants they don't like) there's no need to grow them a buffet of all their favorite foods.

The headline above links to a list of shrubs deer wish you would not plant.  They either taste or smell awful to a deer or they just feel miserable on its tongue.

Shade Loving Shrubs

Bollywood® Azalea
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Sugartina Summersweet
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Euonymus - Vegetus
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

With its red blooms and white-edged leaves, 'Bollywood' will light up your shady areas with style. At just 24 inches tall, this shrub is not too large for containers and is sure to be a star performer in small space gardens.

Use the fragrant, white flower spikes of Sugartina Summersweet to enliven any planting in full sun to part shade.  Its compact growth  and dwarf size will allow you lots of latitude in siting it.  If this is not enough to recommend it, its yellow fall color will surely close the deal.

Pink Flowering Shrubs and Bushes

For mid to late season color, the sweetly scented flowers of the Ruby Sweetspire can't be beat.  This six foot beauty blooms in sun or partial shade.

Imagine a 5 foot bush covered in huge, voluptuous pink flowers in late spring to early summer. This vision of floral loveliness is the Kamata-fuji peony.

The 8 inch flowers arrive in such numbers that the bouquets you cut for the vase will not leave to garden lacking. Recommended for zones 3-9.

The Pink Almond is a dwarf flowering shrub you are sure to love! Maturing to just four feet tall and wide, it may be grown on nearly any soil in zones 4-7.

This slow-growing spring bloomer gives an encore performance each fall when its leaves turn gold.

Rose Shrubs

Easy Elegance® Macy's Pride Rose Shrub
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

These are landscape roses that will give an exceptional garden performance while requiring very little effort from you. 

The award winning 'Macy's Pride' was not selected to represent the retail giant for nothing.  Pale yellow roses fading to pink-kissed white arrive in wave after wave throughout the growing season.  Bred for disease resistance and cold hardiness, Macy's Pride is sure to take pride of place in your yard.

The tall, vase-shaped 'Golden Honey' will seduce you with loads of heavily scented, old-fashioned English roses. One whiff and you will fall in love with this thornless flowering shrub rose.

Heavy bloom and disease resistance have made the 'Knock Out' roses garden staples.

Shrub Trees

Blueberry Smoothie Rose of Sharon Tree Form
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Tree Form
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Pink Double Knock Out® Rose Tree
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

The ever-changing flower clusters of the 'Vanilla Strawberry' hydrangea tree will hold your interest over a long season of bloom. This heavy bloomer opens new flowers before the old ones have faded, giving you a mixture of white, pink, and red blossoms on the plant at the same time. Plant it where it may be admired up close.

Evergreen Flowering Shrubs and Bushes

Privet - Golden Vicary
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Frost Proof Gardenia
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Rhododendron - P.J.M.
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Evergreens are best used to provide the structural framework of the garden as their year-round contribution of color is so valuable.  That said, they need not be used exclusively.

Juxtaposing them against the open skeletons of deciduous species makes for a more varied planting and also allows for more excitement when the deciduous plants bloom.

Evergreen flowering shrubs really shine in small gardens where each plant must contribute something to the scheme all year.

Shade loving Gardenias are especially suited to planting in small spaces--or even containers--as they are slow growing and compact.


Early Spring Flowering Shrubs and Bushes

Double Play® Artisan Spirea
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Tiny Wine® Ninebark
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Forsythia - Show Off
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Spring flowering shrubs and bushes give us that first burst of color and scent that we all long for after a cold, dark winter. 

The upright branches of Forsythia 'Show Off' blanket themselves in bloom each spring.  This is a 3' dwarf with a 6' spread that features larger flowers and darker leaves than the older varieties.

'Double Play Artisan Spirea' is  attractive year round with its compact growth habit and purple new foliage. Clusters of rosy pink flowers adorn it each spring.  Deadheading will extend its season of bloom.

 Plant at least one of these early bloomers so you won't have to wait a day longer than necessary to get your floral fix.

Yellow Flowering Shrubs and Bushes

St Johnswort - Sunny Boulevard
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

From July to September Hypericum 'Sunny Boulevard' produces masses of cheerful flowers that resemble little daffodils.  Its deer resistance is an added bonus.

The creamy yellow flowers of 'Primrose' Lilacs represent a new and exciting development in the world of Syringa vulgaris.  In the shrub's early years, the blooms will be more cream than yellow.  Do not let this shake your faith in this remarkable bush, the flower color intensifies as the plant ages.

Purple Shrubs

Big Daddy Hydrangea
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Purpleleaf Sandcherry
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Lilac - Sensation
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Cool purple is a restful color that adds a feeling of tranquility to a planting.  Purple perennials and shrubs are often used to create this effect.

To create a cohesive garden design: Don't plant a single purple shrub.  Instead, install several at regular intervals throughout the planting. 

When in bloom, they will form a purple ribbon that links the design together.

Fast Growing Shrubs for Privacy

Size, vigor, and dense growth is what you want from flowering shrubs and bushes planted for privacy.  They need to grow tall enough that people standing on the ground cannot look over them and bushy enough that they can't easily see through them. 

The 'Rose of Sharon' fills the bill perfectly.  This is a vigorous plant that will achieve a height of 6-8' if left unpruned.

There are single and double flowered varieties in many colors.

Rose of Sharon Growing Tips



More Beautiful Flowering Shrubs and Bushes:

Rose of Sharon Bush

Knock Out Roses

American Beautyberry

Weigela Shrubs

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