Shrubs are an important part of any landscape and can be used as a focal point in the landscape or great accents to trees or hardscapes. When considering what kind of shrubs you want for your landscape make sure you consider flowering shrubs that compliment your area. Whether you have a shady spot or full sun there is a flowering shrub for you. Most flowering shrubs need at least 4 hours of sunlight to produce blooms and therefore there are many more flowering shrubs that like full sun than there are shade loving bloomers. Here are a few of the best flowering shrubs for both areas in your landscape.
Flowers in the Full Sun!
Knock Out Roses
Knock Out Roses are one of the most popular selection for full sun areas as they are continuous bloomers from early spring through fall. These low maintenance shrubs are hardy to the hot Texas Summers and love sunny spots. Knock Out roses will grow to be about 4-6′ tall and 4-6′ wide if left untrimmed. Just sit back and enjoy these bloomers through three of the four seasons.
Hawthornes are a staple in Texas landscapes. Being one of the hardiest shrubs available these shrubs are covered in blooms from mid to late spring and are available in white or pink blooms. There are three varieties most common in Texas and those are the Clara, blooming white and growing to about 3′ tall, Pink Lady, blooming pink and growing to almost 5′ tall, and Pinkie, blooming pink and growing only 3′ tall.
Drift roses are another excellect continuous blooming rose but with a dwarf growth habit that wont get any taller than 2-3′. This plant does all the work for you, no dead-heading required. The strikingly bright colors available are impressive planted walkways, this rose likes to show-off. Choose from various bright colors including pink, red, coral, popcorn white, sweet, and apricot.
Azaleas are great bloomers in shady spots with the Encore variety re-blooming in every season except Winter. Azaleas need at least 4-6 hours of sunlight in the morning hours for best blooming results and make sure to plant these with acidic soil amendments as our native soil is too alkaline for these shrubs to perform as desired.
Hydrangeas are a great shady bloomer with large clusters of pink flowers that can turn from pink to blue based on the pH level of the soil. Certain varieties. Hydrangeas are great under large trees or porches to brighten up dark spots in your landscape. These broad leaf shrubs are deciduous in the winter time so be prepared for them to take the winter season off and drop their leaves.
Gardenias are known for their fragrant white blooms about the size of a half dollar. They bloom in the early spring and sometimes again in early summer or mid fall with a strong aroma and bright white flowers. These shrubs are available in dwarf varieties such as the Veitchi staying about 3′ tall or larger varieties such as the August Beauty reaching 5-6′ tall and wide. Most commonly gardenias have broad glossy leaves but there are several varieties such as the frost proof and dwarf radican with smaller narrow leaves.