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.
FLOWERING SHRUBS Click
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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.
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.
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
AZALEA 'Hershey Red' Hershey Red
Low spreading evergreen azalea
with rose-red flowers. This Kurume azalea blooms mid-season (early May
AZALEA 'Hino Crimson' Hino
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.
AZALEA 'Karen' Karen
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.
AZALEA 'Rosebud' Rosebud
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.
AZALEA 'Stewartsonian' Stewartstown Azalea
Widely planted Gable
azalea with brick-red flowers mid-spring. Wine-red colored winter
foliage. Height to 6 feet.
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.
CALLICARPA dichotoma 'Issai' Issai
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 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.
CYTISUS scoparius Scotch
Blooms in early spring. Tolerates
dry conditions and likes
full sun. Growth to 5 feet tall x 5 feet wide.
CYTISUS scoparius 'Moonlight' Scotch
Pale yellow pea-like flowers in
late spring. Grows in poor soil. Grows to 8 ft. tall x 10 ft wide.
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.
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.
FOTHERGILLA major 'Mt Airy' Mt Airy
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.
HIBISCUS syriacus 'Diana' Diana Rose
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
HYDRANGEA macrophylla Pink Hydrangea
HYDRANGEA macrophylla 'Glowing
'Glowing Embers' Hydrangea Glossy green foliage with summer long, red flowering. Moderate
growth to 4 ft x 4 ft. Protect from deer browsing.
'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.
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.
Moderate to fast growth to
8 ft tall x 8 ft wide. Prefers partial shade. Flowers appear on new
growth in early summer.
ITEA virginica '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.
KERRIA japonica 'Golden
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
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
LEUCOTHOE axillaris Coast
Low growing evergreen with
spreading growth habit. Reddish new foliage turns green. White flower
racemes in spring.
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
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.
POTENTILLA fruticosa Goldfinger
Flowering all summer on a compact
plant. Likes full sun.
Growth to 3 ft tall x 4 ft across.
PRUNUS glandulosa Dwarf
Multi-stemmed, spreading shrub
with pink to white flowers
in spring. Moderate growth to 4 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide.
Greatest success in the
Pittsburgh area with 'Nova Zembla' (red) and the 'Roseum' varieties
Rhododendrons can be difficult to establish - pay close attention to
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
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.
sorbifolia 'Mai Tai' Mai Tai Ural False
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' 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' 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' 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.
Anthony Waterer Spirea
Pink flowers in summer. Growth to 5 ft across x 3 ft tall. More open
growth habit than Little Princess.
'Goldmound' Goldmound Spirea
Pink flowers in summer.
Yellow foliage. Moderate to fast growth to 2 ft tall x 4 ft across.
Watch for aphids.
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' Miss Canada Lilac
patula Miss Kim Lilac Excellent dwarf form that blooms later than most Lilacs. Moderate
growth to 8 ft height x 5 ft spread.
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.
x prestoniae 'Redwine' Redwine Preston Lilac
VIBURNUM x burkwoodii Burkwood
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!
VIBURNUM x juddii Judd
Fragrant white flowers in spring
with dark green foliage. Deer resistant. Plant at least one of these for
the fantastic fragrance!
a DLS favorite
VIBURNUM plicatum Doublefile Viburnum
Horizontally branched shrub with
white flowers lining the branches in spring. Reddish-purple leaves in
fall. Deer resistant.
VIBURNUM plicatum Thunbergii
Large white 'snowball' blossoms
in spring make this a memorable shrub. Moderate rate of growth to 12 ft
x 12 ft. Deer resistant.
VIBURNUM x rhytidophylloides
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.
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.
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.
WEIGELA florida 'Dark Horse' Dark Horse Weigela
WEIGELA florida 'Java Red' Java Red® 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.