5 Blooming Shrubs – Perfect Gardens
If you want to give your garden a more diverse and attractive look by visually layering the natural décor, then shrubs are the perfect choice. Apart from their decorative role, shrubs also ensure some sort of privacy, blocking the neighbors’ curious looks over the fence. And since any garden goes hand in hand with colors, let’s review some blooming shrubs that will give your favorite relaxing spot an original chromatic substance as well.
They call it the bluebeard shrub because this plant is definitely a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It’s extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too, so don’t hesitate to bring it inside.
Butterfly bush or Buddleja davidii is a large variety with arching branches, lance shaped leaves, and panicles of scented pale blue flowers. Nectar rich plants encourage beneficial wildlife into the garden by attracting pollinators. Depending on the species, it blooms late summer into the fall, with the flowers resisting the first bite of frost. Butterfly bushes offer a longer bloom season than lilacs: from summer into autumn, especially if you pinch off the old flower clusters as they start to fade.
Hydrangea paniculata is the easiest hydrangea to grow. In late summer and autumn, this rugged shrub produces fluffy clusters of white flowers that fade to shades of pink and green. Many cultivars, such as Tardiva, can be successfully trained into a standard, or miniature tree form — perfect for a large container or just about any landscape spot.
Oleander is an evergreen decorative shrub and small glossy leaves and rosy flowers with a delicate scent. An exceptionally easy-care subtropical shrub, oleander offers summertime flowers in shades of pink, red, purple, lilac, yellow, and white. In fact, it’s so foolproof that in many areas it’s grown along the sides of highways in warm-weather areas. But be careful, oleander is extremely poisonous so keep it away from veggies or pets.
Potentilla is one of the most common, and easiest shrubs to grow. It starts blooming in late spring and continues through autumn, bearing cheery yellow, orange, red, or white flowers that look like single roses (which attract butterflies). It has attractively divided foliage.
Sources: Bhg.com, Finegardening.com