Photographs of flowering shrubs commonly used to provide landscape beds with a wide range of bloom timing, 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 extensive collection of shrub photos divided among 5 shrub photo web pages.


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evergreen shrubs topiaries

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White Azalea


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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).
Hino Crimson Azalea


AZALEA 'Hino Crimson'
Hino Crimson Azalea
This semi-evergreen Kurume hybrid azalea with crimson red blossoms prefers partial shade. Used for hedges, borders or in mass plantings. Slow growth to 4 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Hardiness zone 5 to 8.
Karen Azalea


AZALEA 'Karen'
Karen Azalea
This evergreen Gable hybrid azalea with lavender-purple blossoms prefers partial shade. Used for hedges, borders, foundation plantings or in masses. Burgundy foliage in fall. Slow growth to 4 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Hardiness zone 5 to 8.
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


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


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 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. 
Forsythia suspensa


FORSYTHIA suspensa
Weeping Forsythia
Spreading form of the taller forsythia, bring bright yellow flowers in spring! Plant where they have room to spread. Deer resistant. Growth to 5 ft tall x 10 ft wide in full sun to partial shade. 
Fothergilla gardenii


Dwarf Fothergilla
Grow in full sun for best flowers, but can also be grown in partial shade. Slow growth to 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Fragrant, white bottle-brush flowers in spring before leaves appear. Fragrant, showy white blossoms in early spring, nice fall leaf color.

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.
Kerria japonica pleniflora


KERRIA japonica 'Pleniflora'
Japanese Kerria or Japanese Rose
Deciduous shrub with growth to 8 ft. tall x 8 ft. wide in Zones 4 - 9. Grow in partial to full shade. Double-yellow pom-pom flowers in spring, stems stay green through winter. Grown in woodland gardens, shrub borders and foundation plantings. 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

Brouwers Beauty Pieris

Pieris Passion


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, Passion, 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.


Catabiense Album Rhododendron
Catawbiense Album


Cunninghams White Rhododendron flower
Cunninghams White

Kokardia Rhododendron

Landmark Rhododendron

Nova Zembla

'Purple Passion' Rhododendron
Purple Passion

Roseum Pink

Janet Blair

P.J.M. Rhododendron

Purple Gem Rhododendron
Purple Gem

'Spring Dawn' Rhododendron
Spring Dawn



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:



Double Knock Out Rose
Double Knock Out

Nearly Wild Rose
Nearly Wild 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.
Sorbaria Mai Tai


SORBARIA sorbifolia 'Mai Tai'
Mai Tai Ural False Spirea
Grow in full sun. Hardiness zones 4 to 9. Orange colored new growth contrasts with green foliage as it matures, white plumes emerge in early summer. Growth to 6 ft tall x 6 ft wide.
'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

Goldmound Spirea


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.


Viburnum dieback

Winter flowering shrubs

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