Just because trees, shrubs, bushes, and ground covers form the garden’s “backbone” doesn’t mean it can’t be a colorful backbone.
Many landscape plants, like flowering shrubs, put on a show every bit as striking as that of annuals and perennials. Shrubs and bushes are a good source of cut flowers, and some even respond obligingly to cutting by blooming again and again. Here’s how to decide which flowering shrubs to plant: First, see how much space you have and choose your varieties based on on the bushes’ shade versus sun light needs. Next, plan for multiple seasons of bloom by choosing a mix of shrubs and bushes that flower all around the year. For instance, the filtered sun loving azalea blooms in the spring, while the light shade Camelia shrub blooms in the Winter.
Good news: the Southern Living garden guide helps you find the right flowering shrub for every season with instructions on exactly how much sun or shade the plant needs.