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20 Must-Have Flowering Shrubs For Your Garden


I’ve loved flowering shrubs since I was a kid. They add so much to the garden, and they’re also great for adding structure and structure to your yard. If you’re looking for some new options for your favorite plantings, here are 20 of my favorite flowering shrubs that can be grown in any climate (and even indoors!).

Abelia X Grandiflora

  • Abelia x Grandiflora is a flowering shrub that has been bred to have the best of both worlds, the hardy plant of Abelia Chinensis and the delicate beauty of Abelia Grandiflora.
  • It’s very easy to grow indoors, so if you want to start your plants early in the season and move them outdoors, later on, this is an excellent choice for your garden.
  • This hybrid can be found in USDA zones 4 through 9 as well as most regions outside North America.

Caryopteris X Clandonensis

Caryopteris x clandonensis is a fragrant shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall. It has blue flowers and grows in zones 4-9, preferring full sun and well-drained soil. This plant is easy to care for, so if you have it in your garden already, you’re good!

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Clethra Alnifolia

Clethra alnifolia is a deciduous shrub that has fragrant flowers. It’s native to eastern North America, where it grows along streams, marshes, and ponds. Clethra alnifolia can be grown in the ground or as an indoor plant.

The plant will grow up to 6 feet tall with an arching shape that resembles a bird’s nest when mature (the “bird’s nest” part refers to the way the branches curl around each other). The branches are light green in color and have finely serrated edges on them; this helps them conserve moisture by making sure rainwater doesn’t run off before it gets absorbed into their leaves. They also have small white flowers arranged along their length like bells hanging from the string so they don’t get knocked over easily when the wind blows through them during storms!

Daphne Odora

Daphne odora is a deciduous shrub that’s native to China. It grows to around 3m tall and has fragrant white flowers in spring. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, but this can be tricky if you live in an area where winters are cold or wet.

There are many varieties of Daphne odora available at nurseries; choose one with good foliage for your garden!

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Deutzia Scabra

  • Deutzia scabra is a flowering shrub.
  • It’s native to China, where it grows to a height of 6 feet and forms clumps that are hardy in USDA zones 4-7.
  • Deutzia scabra has dark green leaves with yellow flowers that bloom in May or early June.

Forsythia X Intermedia

Forsythia x intermedia is a flowering shrub that can grow to be 3m tall. It has white flowers in the spring and summer, with attractive foliage as well. Forsythia x intermedia is also known as American beautyberry, American forsythia, or forsythia white flowered dwarf (1). It’s hardy in zones 4-8 and will tolerate some drought conditions when grown outdoors during summers (2).

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Hydrangea Paniculata

Hydrangea paniculata, also known as the hydrangea shrub or umbrella hydrangea, is a deciduous shrub that grows to a height of around five meters. It can be grown in USDA zones 4-9 and has been known to tolerate even harsher climates than those listed above. The flowers are large and showy; they appear on these plants in springtime before they flower again later on in summer when temperatures are higher.

Hypericum Calycinum

Hypericum calycinum is a shrub that grows to be about three feet tall, with small white flowers that bloom in clusters. It’s a great choice for those who want their garden to look like an estate in the English countryside, but it also works well as a hedge or privacy screen because of its small stature and ability to blend into the landscape.

This plant will grow in full sun all year round but can tolerate part shade if there aren’t many other plants growing nearby. It prefers moist soil and loves being watered regularly throughout spring and summer months before drought conditions set in during the autumn months (September through December). If possible, water this shrub at least once every 10 days until about May 1st so that the roots don’t get too dry!

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Hypericum kalmianum

This shrub is a must-have for any garden. It’s low maintenance and grows to be up to 3 feet tall, with yellow flowers all summer long in USDA zones 7-9. The leaves are very small and oval in shape, which makes it ideal for smaller gardens where space is limited.

The Hypericum kalmianum plant has been grown in Japan since ancient times and was used as medicine by people who lived there years ago. They believed that this shrub had healing properties because of its ability to relieve pain from arthritis and other health issues caused by inflammation or infection in the body

Itea Virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’

Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’ is a flowering shrub with red flowers that can be used as a hedge or border plant. It grows up to 6 feet tall, making it an excellent choice for smaller gardens. The leaves are dark green and the stems are white, giving this plant its name: “Henry’s garnet” refers to its red flower buds that turn into bright pink flowers during summer months (hence why they’re sometimes called “redcurrants”). Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’ is native to eastern North America, so you may also find it growing in your own yard!

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Weigela Florida ‘Java Red’

This shrub is a must-have because of its beautiful foliage. The bright red leaves are accented with green on their undersides and make this plant look even more impressive when they’re in bloom. It can be planted in full sun or partial shade, so you can select your own location based on your preferences for growing plants with great foliage color.

In the summertime, the flowers will be white and have a strong fragrance that smells like citrus fruit (think lemon). In fall, the flowers turn yellowish orange before falling off at the end of winter; however, new flowers won’t appear until springtime, the second year after planting, when they turn pinkish red again! This plant does well in any type of soil but prefers sandy loam soil conditions over heavy clay soils due to its hardiness against drought conditions which makes it ideal if you live somewhere where summers may be hot but winters are cold enough where water needs constant monitoring during summer months so keep an eye out – especially around noon time when temperatures rise significantly higher than usual levels during mid-day hours.”

Kerria Japonica ‘Pleniflora’

  • *Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ is a shrub that grows to a height of 3-5 feet.
  • It has yellow flowers that bloom in mid-spring and have an aroma similar to skunk cabbage, which can be very unpleasant if you’re not prepared for it! In fact, the plant’s Latin name means “smelly.”
  • The leaves are elliptical in shape and range from 2-4 inches long (5 centimeters).

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Philadelphus Coronarius

This flowering shrub is also known as the crown of thorns. It’s full sun, drought-tolerant native to the eastern United States and Canada. The Philadelphus coronarius likes well-drained soil with good drainage and can be pruned to shape if you wish. You’ll enjoy its white flowers in the summer months and autumn color from fall through winter, making it an outstanding choice for your garden!

Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Diable D’Or’

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diable d’Or is a small deciduous shrub with yellow flowers. It’s hardy, drought tolerant, and deer resistant—making it great for your garden! The plant can grow to be 3 feet tall and wide.

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Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’ is a dwarf perennial that blooms in early summer, with yellow flowers. It reaches 4 to 5 feet tall and will spread by creeping via underground rhizomes. This shrub needs full sun, and well-drained soil, and can be grown in zones 3-8.

Prunus Caroliniana ‘Compacta’

Prunus caroliniana ‘Compacta’ is not as tall as full-sized P. caroliniana, but it still makes a bold statement in your garden. Full sun to part shade is required for this shrub to thrive and perform best; Zone 4-8 will do just fine for them.

If you want something that can be used as a hedge or screen, prune it back at least every other year to maintain its size—this plant can grow up to 5 feet tall! You should also consider growing these plants in containers so they can be moved around easily if necessary.

There Are A Variety Of Different Shrubs To Fill Your Garden Space With

These plants can be used in many different ways, including as hedges, borders, and screens. They can also be used to block out views or create privacy by growing them so closely together that they form a barrier between areas of the garden.

Some of these plants have flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies while others provide shade for other plants.


If you’re looking for a way to bring color and beauty into your garden, then flowering shrubs are the best option. Not only are they gorgeous, but they can also be used to create beautiful focal points or add some life to drab landscapes. This list includes some of our favorites that will make your yard come alive with color!

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