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  • Early Blooms Get the Party Started!

    Many of the early blooming shrubs at Shrub Source are newer varieties of old favorites. Flowering quince, lilacs, azaleas, and forsythias factor into many a childhood memory. These are some of the first shrubs to bloom after a long winter. They welcome spring, indoors as forced branches and outdoors when they burst into color. These shrubs have the flowers that serve as centerpieces for Mother’s Day celebrations and graduation parties.

    If your garden doesn’t kick into gear until June, chances are good that you need a few early flowering shrubs to extend the season. Here are some of our favorites.

    Fantastically Fragrant

    Viburnum Spice Ball

    In warmer areas, Spice Ball Viburnum blooms as early as mid to late March. This is a specimen shrub to plant near your front door or back porch so that you can enjoy the wonderful scent of the flowers when it is in bloom.

    Unusual Beauty

    Calycanthus

    Calycanthus is a lesser-grown shrub, but one that everyone should make some room for, if possible. Dark burgundy flowers appear in greatest numbers during the spring, but the shrub will sporadically re-bloom throughout the summer. When not in bloom, glossy green leaves serve as an excellent foundation, screening, or backdrop plant in the landscape.

    Spring Cheer

    A few of the early bloomers are excellent for forcing. You can cut branches from these shrubs in February and bring them inside to put on a spectacular floral display long before the snow melts outside.

    Two of our favorites are forsythia and flowering quince.

    Older varieties of forsythia were huge and rangy, but newer varieties, such as Show Off™ Starlet are more compact growers. This one is also absolutely covered in blooms each spring.

    Forsythia Show Off Starlet

    Double Take™ Pink Storm Flowering Quince always gets lots of appreciative glances when it shows off hundreds of rose-like blooms when everything else in the landscape is still deep in winter slumber. Plus, the Double Take™ series are thorn-less. It cannot get any better than this.

    Double Take Pink Flowering Quince

    Don’t Forget Roses!

    Oso Easy Italian Ice RoseWe are big fans of the Oso Easy™ roses for their, you guessed it, easy care attributes. These are some of the latest of the early bloomers, but they fill the gap nicely between extreme earlybirds such as forsythia and the summer blooming hydrangeas and crape myrtles. These roses will also re-bloom throughout the summer. For unusual color in the garden, plant Oso Easy™ Italian Ice (pictured, yellow center with pink blushing petals), Oso Easy™ Cherry Pie (bright pink single flowers), and Oso Easy™ Paprika—with bright orange blooms.

     Maintenance Considerations

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    Most of these plants are fairly low-maintenance, but timing on what little maintenance that's required is crucial. Here are some tips to keep early-flowering shrubs looking great!

    • Prune right after the plants are finished flowering in the spring. Early bloomers set flower buds for next year during the summer. If you prune them hard in late summer, you'll cut off all of the flowers. If you make no other change to your gardening habits, MAKE THIS CHANGE!
    • Fertilize after blooming. Most of the spring flowering shrubs will push new growth immediately after flowering. (Pruning can make this new growth bushier and fuller.) Fertilize shrubs with the proper fertilizer at the same time that you prune. (Azaleas, rhododendrons, and hollies all benefit from Holly-tone or holly fertilizers.)
    • Water shrubs after pruning. Whenever you do something that could stress a plant or require it to use more reserves than usual, it's a good idea to water it. (That is, unless you're having higher than usual rainfall.) So, after pruning and fertilizing, make sure to water!

    Following these tips will help you keep your early bloomers looking gorgeous!

  • Welcome to the NEW Shrub Source Website!

    New Shrub Source Website

    We are thrilled to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website that has been reorganized to make it easier for you to find the shrubs you’re looking for to complete your new landscape project or refresh your garden.

    There are many new features to introduce you to. How about a quick tour?

    Navigation

    In fancy website lingo, this is called the “nav.” Good navigation means the difference between you finding what you need on a website and not finding anything at all. On the new Shrub Source website you can search through all shrubs, vines, and edibles from handy drop-down menus. You can also shop shrubs by searching by common name and shrub attributes.

    Shrub Source Website Navigation

    New “Wishlist”

    Create an account on Shrub Source (it’s free!) and you can start building your wishlist. Every shrub on the website has a link that you can click that says “Add to wishlist.”

    Add to Wishlist

    Once you click, you’ll be taken to your wishlist Add comments to each shrub as you add it to the wishlist so you can remember where you’re planning to plant it and what you want to get to plant with it. It’s also a handy way to let someone know what you might like for a gift!

    wishlist

    Compare Shrubs

    You can also hit a link that says “Add to Compare.” This will add a shrub to your compare list. You can then click on the right-hand column and “Compare Products,” which will bring a up a screen like this:

    Compare Shrubs

    You can view pictures of the shrubs, see the prices, view hardiness zones, etc. It’s a great feature if you’re trying to decide between different plants, or look at plants together. By comparing them, you can check to make sure that all of their growing requirements are compatible.

    Learn!

    Are you new to gardening? Want to learn about some new shrub types? Need to figure out some information about how to care for your newly-planted shrubs? Visit the new “Learn” section that puts everything you need to know about growing shrubs in one convenient place.

    Keep an eye on that tab and check back frequently for new information!

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    Why a website devoted entirely to shrubs?

    Shrubs are the unsung backbone of the garden. They are the workhorses. But, they can be so much more than just filler. Shrubs can be specimen plants—the plants that visitors look at and say “Wow!” Shrubs can attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife. Shrubs provide necessary cover for native birds and songbirds. You can plant shrubs for privacy hedging or to help with storm water management in low-lying areas of the yard.

    Shrub Source only carries and delivers the best-quality name brand shrubs. You can find the newest varieties of shrubs from your favorite growers long before they hit the retail shelves in your area. We offer shrubs in quart and jumbo pots. These plants are ready to hit the ground growing!

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