Flowering Garden Shrubs
What are Flowering Shrubs?
Flowering shrubs make up a group of flowering plants that have
woody stems and typically are multi-branching from the base of
the plant, whereas trees have one main trunk from the
base. The majority of shrubs will reach a height of 10 - 20
feet. Some shrubs may be trained as trees. In the nursery trade,
these shrubs would be classified as Standards.
Uses for Flowering Shrubs -
There are many uses for shrubs in the home garden. Flowering shrubs can be grown in a shrub border or in a
mixed border, meaning they will be mixed with other different
plants such as annuals and perennials. Probably, one of the most
important reasons for growing flowering shrubs would be the
fragrant flowers. Shrubs such as lilacs, viburnum and purple
leaf sandcherry can have some of the most heavenly scents when
in bloom Shrubs can also be used for
privacy. Although not flowering shrubs, evergreen shrubs
can work very well for this purpose. They
can also help control noise, should that be your intention on
adding them to your garden.
Growing Flowering Shrubs
Most flowering shrubs are pretty easy
to grow and don't need a whole lot of maintenance. An occasional
pruning and addition of fertilizer will suffice for the most
part. Some flowering shrubs will need water should you find
yourself in a drought situation. You can rest assured that the
better care you give your flowering shrubs, the more they will
reward you in the future.
Below is a list of some of the more
Popular Flowering Shrubs:
- Made up of a genus of more than 150 species, viburnum are some
of the most underused flowering shrubs in the garden. Frequently
found in Botanical Gardens and Arboretums, viburnum are some of
the easiest flowering shrubs that can be grown. Most do not
require a whole lot of care, due to their resistance to pests
●Weigela Shrubs -
- A deciduous flowering shrubs with upright weeping habit,
weigela species are just as popular as named cultivars.
Flower color ranges from pure white to ruby red. Leaf colors can
include dark green, purple, variegated and bright yellow.
Weigela are a favorite shrub of butterflies. There is much to be said for these wonderful flowering shrubs.
Pictures - Popular deciduous flowering shrub that
grow to a height of 8 - 12 feet high. Upright to arching
branches with bright yellow flowers in early Spring, this shrub
prefers a loose rich soil, but performs fine in almost any type
of soil. Pruning back to the ground should be performed after
flowering on the oldest stems. Very easy to grow.
Pictures - Although mostly made up of flowering
shrubs, this genus is also known for its host of trees and
vines. Depending on what species or cultivar you intend to grow,
the flower colors can be changed by simply changing the pH of
the soil. Acidic soil will produce blue flowers, while alkaline
soil will give you pink flowers. White flowers will not be
affected by soil pH. Hydrangea shrubs make excellent specimen
plantings, but can also be incorporated into mixed borders with
- Lilac shrubs tend to be another favorite of the homeowner.
This hardy flowering shrub is perfect for growing in a shrub
border or as a specimen. The fragrant flowers may be white,
pink, red, blue or lilac. Lilac shrubs prefer a fertile,
well-drained soil in full sun. Mulching seems to help. Prune
lilacs after flowering. Attracts bees and butterflies.
- While most people think of Rose of Sharon when they hear the
name Hibiscus, there are actually over 200 species in this
genus. Hibiscus flowers can be red, pink, purple, blue, white or
even yellow. Hibiscus shrubs tend to prefer humus-rich,
well-drained soil in full sun. Flowering can be affected when
planted in the shade. Placement of these flowering shrubs works
best in a mixed border.
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