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Top 10 Common Flowering Bushes

Written by: Editorial Staff

June 12, 2012
Filed Under Garden and Lawn 


common flowering shrubsContributed by Info Guru Paul Seaburn

Nothing says spring like robins, hay fever and beautiful flowering bushes bursting into bloom in your yard.

Most are easier to maintain than flowers and many attract birds, bees, butterflies and other buzzing creatures that signal Mother Nature has awoken from her winter slumber and is putting on her new spring outfit. Plant some of these flowering bushes now and you’ll have a bloom boom come next spring.

10. Viburnum


An easy-to-care-for bush that looks good all year long, the viburnum can grow up to 30 feet high with beautiful flower clusters and leaves that turn yellowish-orange or reddish purple in fall. Great in full sun to partial shade, vibruniums need to be kept moist – about an inch of water weekly during growing season.

9. Forsythia


The golden bell-shaped blossoms of the forsythia are a beacon of spring. Forsythia bushes are hardy and easy to maintain – plant in full sun and prune the old branches nearest the ground after the flowers have bloomed.

8. Hibiscus


With over 200 varieties, you’re bound to find a hibiscus with flowers in your favorite color – mine is the red Rose of Sharon. A good border shrub, hibiscus bushes grow to about four feet and bloom in late summer and early autumn.

7. Daphne


If you want a bush with sweet-smelling flowers, the daphne is for you. Its tubular flowers bloom in shades of white, pink and lilac and their scent is potent enough to reach your nose from its ground-covering level.

6. Lilacs


The scent of lilacs is perfect for perfumes and candles, but the best place to smell it is in your garden. The flowers come in a variety of colors besides the popular lavender and the bushes can grow up to 30 feet high and 20 feet wide, but be patient because they need about five years before their first bloom.

5. Camellia


A great winter flower, the rose-shaped red, pink, and white blossoms of camellias can been spotted in the fall, winter and early spring. Keep them in partial shade and protect them from cold wind and camellia flowers will brighten your winter gloom.

4. Buckeye


Ohio is proud of its buckeyes, both the Ohio State variety and the flowering trees with their red, white, cream, pink and yellow blooms. Buckeyes can grow to 50 feet high and 30 feet wide, so give them room or keep them well-pruned.

3. Hydrangea


A classic flowering bush, hydrangeas have pompons or clusters of pink, white and blue flowers that grow well in partial shade. Hydrangeas grow better in mild climates and often reach 22 feet high.

2. Azalea


With flowers in white, yellow, orange, pink and red, azaleas will match any house or garden. Azaleas bloom in the spring in full sun to partial shade and lose their leaves in the fall. Keep them well mulched and pruned to stay under 15 feet tall.

1. Rhododendron


Probably the most popular flowering bush, rhododendrons have a look that fits into many garden styles. Late spring brings flowers in many colors including white, yellow, apricot, pink, deep red and lavender, while its evergreen leaves means you’ll have beautiful rhododendrons gracing your yard all year round.

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