Shrubs are the foundation plants of the landscape--they're what connects the lawn at ground level to the trees above our heads. They fill the space in between and serve as anchors for foundation plantings around the house. Often they are overlooked or chosen simply because they will top out at a particular size, or because they can be trimmed into a hedge. They're not always chosen for their spectacular blooms or the pizzazz they can add to the garden, which is a shame. If you choose shrubs wisely you can enjoy as colorful flowers all summer long from shrubs as you can from flowering annuals.
And--bonus--you don't have to re-plant shrubs every year!
To get the most bang for your buck, plant reblooming shrubs. Here are some of our favorites.
This is one of our favorite little shrubs. You can plant it as a border plant in landscape beds or as a specimen plant in the perennial garden. Lo & Behold® Blue Chip Buddleia is small enough to serve as a thriller plant in a large container, or as a stand-alone specimen in a smaller container. It blooms continuously throughout the summer, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and is deer-resistant.
You can enjoy azalea blooms throughout the entire season with Bloom-A-Thon® Lavender Azaleas planted in your shrub border or landscape bed. These shrubs have evergreen foliage and bloom on old growth. You can lightly prune after flowering, but they are rather compact in their growth habits so they need little pruning.
These are the perfect plants for your shade gardens. They need some sunlight, but prefer not to bake in hot afternoon sun.
Let's Dance® Rhapsody Blue Hydrangea blooms with huge pom poms of flowers on a compact plant. The flowers are naturally pink but can be turned blue by lowering the pH of the soil. This Bigleaf Hydrangea blooms on new and old growth, so it's virtually impossible to cut off the flowers.
It also ensures that you'll enjoy big and beautiful flowers throughout the summer and into fall.
Sonic Bloom™ Pearl Weigela is a gorgeous flowering specimen plant that blooms from early spring through frost. Weigela plants are another shrub that is underutilized in the landscape, and it's a shame because few other flowering shrubs provide such a showy bloom for so long.
This fast-growing, trouble-free shrub can be pruned back after the first spring bloom to control size and encourage re-blooming.
Bloomerang® Dark Purple Syringa is a re-blooming lilac. Yes-you read that correctly! You can now enjoy the fragrance and beauty of lilacs all summer long. This lilac has a compact growth habit, topping out at 4-5 feet in height, so every garden has room for one (or three)!