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Flowering shrubs are a lasting and low-maintenance way to maximize your landscape. Learn how to select the best shrubs for your garden and care for them.
Shrubs provide visual transition between trees and smaller annuals and perennials. Flowering shrubs make excellent foundation plants. Use them singly as accent plants or grouped in mass plantings, planted in rows for privacy, and mixed in beds with annuals, perennials or bulbs. In addition to color, many provide fragrance as well.
The rose could be considered the king of the flowering shrubs. Here's a short list of other favorite flowering shrubs and their USDA Plant Hardiness Zone rating. Check your local Lowe's garden center for other regional favorites.
Some smaller ornamental trees are considered shrubs in some cases. Methods of pruning and environment affect their size. Crape myrtle, dogwood, magnolia and redbud are examples.
Hydrangea is a popular flowering shrub with an interesting trait. The bloom color varies from pink to blue based on the pH of the soil. Soils that are considered alkaline produce pink blossoms. Acidic soils produce blue/purple blooms.
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Plant flowering shrubs according to the information on the plant tag. Sunlight requirements, planting depth and spacing are important considerations when choosing planting sites. If space allows, plant various species for a succession of blooms from early spring through fall.
If your flowering shrub doesn't flower, it may be due to one of these common causes: