The Best Flowering Shrubs by Season for Creating a Colorful Landscape Year-Round
With a little planning, you can have something flowering in your yard almost all year long by choosing the right combination of hard-working shrubs. The key is to select varieties that bloom in different seasons, so they act a bit like relay runners passing the baton to each other from month to month. Then use these plants to dress up the foundations of your home, screen undesirable views, or as focal points in the landscape. Some shrubs set fruit after flowering, which can be visually appealing as well as providing a food source for birds and other wildlife. And several varieties also offer vibrant fall colors or interesting bark.
Start the season with a beautiful display of spring-flowering shrubs. There are so many varieties available with different colors and sizes of blooms. Find which shrubs will look best in your garden.
Add shrubs to your summer color show as a backdrop to perennials and annuals. Many of these summer shrubs have blooms all season long. There's a summer-blooming shrub for every garden, you just need to know what to look for.
Actual flowering slows down in shrubs during summer, but many flash brilliant fall colors to make up for any lack of blooms. These are some of the best fall shrubs for color and texture as the growing season winds down.
Few shrubs add winter color from blooms (though many can be depended on for bright berries). Still, there are options out there with colorful seeds pods, berries, and blooms. Here are two of the best.