Flowering shrubs are a long-standing favorite among those who appreciate an ornamental that provides diversity in the landscape. They come in various shapes and sizes, and the evergreen variety can sustain an element of color year-round. But despite the many choices out there, it’s best to stick with what you know.
Some varieties of rhododendrons can be temperamental, but not all. You can choose from a wide array of sizes and colors, and these plants may be evergreen or deciduous with large or small leaves.
There are also clones in this series that are worth consideration. ‘Golden Lights’ features yellow blooms, and reaches a height of 4 feet, and ‘Spicy Lights’ grows larger (about 6 feet) with salmon-colored flowers. ‘Pink Lights,’ ‘Rosy Lights’ and ‘White Lights’ flower in the colors their names suggest, and follow similarly in growth and hardiness to the original Northern Lights plants.
Popular varieties of viburnum include highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) and Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii), but you should also consider ‘Summer Snowflake’ and ‘Autumn Jazz’.
‘Summer Snowflake’ (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum) blooms all summer, beginning in June. One of the most unique features of this shrub is its horizontal branching structure, but it can grow to 8 feet tall. In the fall, it swaps its blooms for red and black berries with burgundy foliage.
‘Autumn Jazz’ (Arrowwood viburnum), also blooms through the summer, producing creamy white flowers. But this shrub really shines in the fall with spectacular hues of yellow-orange that turn into red and burgundy. It grows up to 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide.
They are hardy to -30 degrees.
Fahrenheit and will grow in partial shade. While they prefer well-drained soil, they will adapt to other soil conditions. One of their most appealing features is that these shrubs provide flowering late-summer color.
Choose ‘Pink Diamond’ for its long, white flowers that turn to a deep pink, or ‘Unique’ for its white cluster-type flowers that turn a lighter pink. Both grow to about 9 feet tall and spread just as wide.