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PHOTOS OF FLOWERING SHRUBS

Photographs of flowering shrubs commonly used to provide landscape beds with a wide range of bloom, color and fragrance. Our photos include the most popular flowering shrubs used in today's landscaping: Azaleas, Butterfly Bush, Forsythia, Hydrangea, Lilac, Potentilla, Rhododendron, Spirea, Viburnum and Weigela. You will find our shrub photos divided among 5 shrub photo web pages:

INDEX OF SHRUB PHOTOS

PHOTOS OF FLOWERING SHRUBS
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White Azalea

 

Boxwood accents white azaleas

 

White Azalea

AZALEA 'Delaware Valley'
Delaware Valley Azalea

A popular white azalea in the Northeast. Grows to 4 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Trim within one month after it blooms. Protect from deer browsing in winter with deer netting.
  
'Arneson Gem' Exbury Azalea

  

AZALEA Exbury 'Arneson Gem'
Arneson Gem Exbury Azalea

Deciduous azaleas offer fantastic blooms with great winter hardiness. More should be planted. Most Exbury azaleas will grow to about 8 ft. tall x 5 ft. wide. There is also an 'Arneson Little Gem' for those with less space in the garden.
   
Purple 'Herbert' Azalea

 

AZALEA 'Herbert'
Herbert Azalea

One of the hardiest azaleas in the northern US bears purple flowers. Grows to 5 ft tall x 6 ft wide. Watch for lacebug insects by checking the bottom leaf surfaces for their presence.
   
Hershey Red Azalea

  

AZALEA 'Hershey Red'
Hershey Red Azalea
Low spreading evergreen azalea with rose-red flowers. This Kurume azalea blooms mid-season (early May in Pennsylvania).
   
Rosebud Azalea

  

AZALEA 'Rosebud'
Rosebud Azalea
This Gable hybrid is a DLS favorite, due to its double pink flowers that resemble rose buds. Blooms mid-season. Slow growth to 3 ft x 3 ft.
  
Stewartstown Azalea

  

AZALEA 'Stewartsonian'
Stewartstown Azalea

Widely planted Gable azalea with brick-red flowers mid-spring. Wine-red colored winter foliage. Height to 6 feet.
  

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Butterfly Bush

 

BUDDLEIA
Butterfly Bush
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds with flowers blooming on new growth during summer. Cutback to 12-inch stems in early spring for rapid regrowth to 6 ft tall. Varieties with blue, white, or purple flowers, good for cutting.
    
Beauty Berry - Callicarpa

Issai Beauty Berry

 

CALLICARPA dichotoma 'Issai'
Issai Beauty Berry
Fast, arching growth to 4 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Drought tolerant. Pinkish-lavender flowers in summer become lilac berries in fall that attract birds. Cut back hard in spring to encourage berry production.
  
Flowering Quince

 

Quince blossoms

CHAENOMELES
Flowering Quince
Typically a larger shrub best reserved for property line plantings due to its size. Fruits are sometimes used to make quince preserves. Quince shrubs have thorns making them suitable for barrier plantings.
  
Scotch Broom

 

CYTISUS scoparius
Scotch Broom
Blooms in early spring. Tolerates dry conditions and likes full sun. Growth to 5 feet tall x 5 feet wide.
  
'Moonlight' Broom flower

  

CYTISUS scoparius 'Moonlight'
Scotch Broom
Pale yellow pea-like flowers in late spring. Grows in poor soil. Grows to 8 ft. tall x 10 ft wide.
  
Yellow blossoms of Forsythia

 

Forsythia

 

FORSYTHIA intermedia
Lynwood Gold Forsythia
Bright yellow flowers that can really welcome spring! Best planted where they have room to grow naturally since trimming may remove next year's flowers. Deer resistant. Growth to 8 ft tall x 8 ft wide. 
   
   
   
Fothergilla

Mt. Airy Fothergilla blooming

  

FOTHERGILLA major 'Mt Airy'
Mt Airy Fothergilla
Grow in partial shade. Slow growth to 8 ft tall x 7 ft wide. Fragrant, white bottle-brush flowers in spring before leaves appear. Vivid red, orange, yellow fall leaf color.
  
Diana Hibiscus

  

HIBISCUS syriacus 'Diana'
Diana Rose of Sharon

Provides large, bright white blossoms in summer when other flowering shrubs have long finished blooming. Compact deciduous habit. Moderate growth to 10 ft. tall x 6 ft wide in full sun to partial shade. Deer resistant.
  

 

Pink Hydrangea

  

HYDRANGEA macrophylla
Pink Hydrangea
 
Glowing Embers Hydrangea

  

HYDRANGEA macrophylla 'Glowing Embers'
'Glowing Embers' Hydrangea

Glossy green foliage with summer long, red flowering. Moderate growth to 4 ft x 4 ft. Protect from deer browsing.
  
Blue Hydrangea

 

HYDRANGEA macrophylla
'Nikko Blue'
Nikko Blue Hydrangea
Round blue flowers during summer. Acidic soil is best for blue flowers. Moderate growth to 5 ft tall x 5 ft wide.
  
'Tardiva' Hydrangea

 

HYDRANGEA paniculata 'Tardiva'
Tardiva Panicled Hydrangea
Fast growth to 20 ft tall x 15 ft wide. Cutback shrub in early spring for rapid regrowth. Flowers appear on new wood in late summer through early fall.
  

HYDRANGEA quercifolia
Oakleaf Hydrangea
Moderate to fast growth to 8 ft tall x 8 ft wide. Prefers partial shade. Flowers appear on new growth in early summer.

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Blushing Bride Hydrangea

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Let's Dance Hydrangea

Limelight Hydrangea

Little Lime Hardy Hydrangea

Henry's Garnet Sweetspire

 

ITEA virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire
Grow in sun or shade. Moderate growth to 6 ft tall x 8 ft wide. White flower panicles in summer followed by red, orange and purple fall foliage. Multi-stemmed semi-evergreen that prefers moist soil.
  
Japanese Kerria

  

KERRIA japonica 'Golden Guinea'
Japanese Rose
Deciduous shrub with growth to 5 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide. Golden-yellow flowers in late spring. Stems stay green through winter, creating some added interest. Tolerates dry conditions.
   
Coast Leucothoe

  

LEUCOTHOE axillaris
Coast Leucothoe
Low growing evergreen with spreading growth habit. Reddish new foliage turns green. White flower racemes in spring.
  
Pieris japonica - JAPANESE ANDROMEDA

Flowers on Pieris

Pieris 'Valley Rose' flower

  

PIERIS japonica
Japanese Andromeda
Glossy broadleaf evergreen known for its Lily of the Valley like flowers in spring. Prefers rich, acid soils with good drainage. Moderate growth to 10 ft tall x 7 ft wide. Deer resistant plant. Watch for damage from Lace Bugs.

Varieties include Brouwer's Beauty, Dorothy Wycoff, Mountain Fire, Purity, Red Mill, Scarlet O'Hara and Valley Valentine. Some varieties have variations in foliage and/or flower color. Also see Pieris at evergreen shrubs and Pieris photos.
  

Yellow Potentilla

 

POTENTILLA fruticosa
Goldfinger Potentilla
Flowering all summer on a compact plant. Likes full sun. Growth to 3 ft tall x 4 ft across.
   
  
Dwarf flowering almond

  

PRUNUS glandulosa
Dwarf Flowering Almond
Multi-stemmed, spreading shrub with pink to white flowers in spring. Moderate growth to 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide.
  

Boursault

Catabiense Album Rhododendron
Catawbiense Album


Chinoides

Kokardia Rhododendron
Kokardia


Nova Zembla

'Purple Passion' Rhododendron
Purple Passion


Roseum Pink


Janet Blair

P.J.M. Rhododendron
PJM

Purple Gem Rhododendron
Purple Gem

'Spring Dawn' Rhododendron
Spring Dawn

  

RHODODENDRON
Rhododendron

Greatest success in the Pittsburgh area with 'Nova Zembla' (red) and the 'Roseum' varieties (lavender-pink).
  
Rhododendrons can be difficult to establish - pay close attention to providing good drainage, yet timely, regular irrigation.

Most Rhododendrons prefer an eastern or northern exposure, but protect from Northwest winds during winter with anti-dessicants or windscreening.

Insects: Watch for lace bug, borer, and black vine weevil damage.
  

Also see:

Rhododendron
photos

Rhododendron
Care

Double Knock Out Rose
Double Knock Out

Nearly Wild Rose
Nearly Wild Rose

 

ROSE
Shrub Roses
Not quite shrubs and not quite roses. A local nurseryman friend tells us every garden should have at least one of these dependable, repeat blooming roses.
'Little Princess' Spirea

 

SPIRAEA japonica 'Little Princess'
Little Princess Spirea
Pink flowers in summer.
Compact moderate to fast growth to 3 ft tall x 4 ft across.
Watch for aphids on all Spireas.
   
'Shirobana' Spirea

 

SPIRAEA japonica 'Shirobana'
Little Princess Spirea
Blooms in summer with pink and white flowers on the same plant. Growth to 3 ft across x 3 ft tall. Deer-resistant just like most other Spireas.
  
'Snowmound' Spirea

  

SPIRAEA nipponica 'Snowmound'
Little Princess Spirea
Smaller version of the Bridal Wreath Spirea. White flowers in spring on arching branches. Looks best untrimmed. Growth to 5 ft across x 5 ft tall. Watch for aphids. Deer resistant.
  
'Anthony Waterer' Spirea

 

Dwarf Spirea blossoms

 

SPIRAEA x 'Bumalda'
Anthony Waterer Spirea
Pink flowers in summer. Growth to 5 ft across x 3 ft tall. More open growth habit than Little Princess.
  
Goldmound Spireas

Flowers on Goldmound Spirea

Gold Mound Spirea flowers

  

SPIRAEA x 'Goldmound'
Goldmound Spirea
Pink flowers in summer. 
Yellow foliage. Moderate to fast growth to 2 ft tall x 4 ft across. Watch for aphids.
   
Bridal Wreath Spirea

 

SPIRAEA vanhouttei
Bridal Wreath Spirea
One of the older varieties of Spirea is Bridal Wreath with its white flower clusters. Moderate growth to 8 feet tall x 8 feet wide. If you desire a similar look in a smaller size try 'Snowmound.'
  
'Miss Canada' Lilac

  

SYRINGA 'Miss Canada'
Miss Canada Lilac
  
Dwarf Lilac

 

SYRINGA patula
Miss Kim Lilac
Excellent dwarf form that blooms later than most Lilacs. Moderate growth to 8 ft height x 5 ft spread.

  
Lilac blossoms

 

SYRINGA x persica
Persian Lilac
Moderate growth to 10 feet.
Slightly smaller, more compact and less fragrant flowers than the common Lilacs, but still worthwhile.
   
'Redwine' Lilac

  

SYRINGA x prestoniae 'Redwine'
Redwine Preston Lilac
  

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Burkwood Viburnum

 

VIBURNUM x burkwoodii
Burkwood Viburnum
Moderate rate of growth to 8 ft tall with glossy dark green leaves that the deer don't like. But the best part is the fragrant, spicy-scented flowers in late spring!

   
Fragrant flower of a Judd Viburnum

  

VIBURNUM x juddii
Judd Fragrant Viburnum
Fragrant white flowers in spring with dark green foliage. Deer resistant. Plant at least one of these for the fantastic fragrance!    
a DLS favorite
  
Doublefile Viburnum

VIBURNUM plicatum
Doublefile Viburnum
Horizontally branched shrub with white flowers lining the branches in spring. Reddish-purple leaves in fall. Deer resistant.
  
Snowball Bush

Japanese Snowball Bush

VIBURNUM plicatum Thunbergii tomentosum
Japanese Snowball Bush
Large white 'snowball' blossoms in spring make this a memorable shrub. Moderate rate of growth to 12 ft x 12 ft. Deer resistant.
Alleghany Viburnum

Alleghany Viburnum flower

  

VIBURNUM x rhytidophylloides 'Alleghany'
Alleghany Lantanaphyllum Viburnum
Moderate growth rate to 12 ft x 12 ft with semi-evergreen, dark-green leaves and yellowish-white flowers in May. Red fruit ripens to black.
  
Wine and Roses Weigela

  

WEIGELA florida 'Alexandra'
Wine and Roses® Weigela
Outstanding plant with massive quantities of rose-pink flowers contrasted against rich burgundy foliage, making this a DLS favorite. Moderate growth rate to 5 ft x 5 ft. Deer resistant.
  
Variegated Weigela

French Lace Weigela blossoms

French Lace Weigela

  

WEIGELA florida 'Brigela'
French Lace™ Weigela
Ruby red blossoms are accented by a variegated leaf. Best in full sun. Fast growth to 6 ft tall x 4 ft wide.
  
'Dark Horse' Weigela

  

WEIGELA florida 'Dark Horse'
Dark Horse Weigela
  
Java Red Weigela

  

WEIGELA florida 'Java Red'
Java Red® Weigela
  
Pink blooming 'Minuet' Weigela

  

WEIGELA florida 'Minuet'
Minuet Weigela
Very hardy dwarf variety of Weigela with moderate growth to 3 ft x 3 ft.  Foliage has a purplish cast with flowers in May.
  

 

  

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