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Many shrubs produce impressive autumn flowers, fall foliage, and berries, making them a great way to maintain visual interest in your garden even in the dead of winter. Quite a few are also repeat bloomers that start producing flowers in the early summer and keep producing until the first sharp frost. Use shrubs as borders or foundation plantings, and enjoy their beauty as the summer flowers disappear.

Tip

As you select shrubs for your garden, make note of when their leaves, flowers, and berries are at their most beautiful. Then choose a selection to ensure that you have color in your landscape all year round.

Here are 12 excellent shrubs for providing year-round landscape color for every climate zone.

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    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia)

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    Witch hazel is an early-blooming shrub that may produce the first flowers in your garden. The shrubs are vase-shaped and grow as tall as 12 feet high and wide (though they can easily be pruned back). In fall, expect yellow or orange foliage, which will be brightest if the plant is grown in full sun. Keep plants well-watered during dry periods to avoid leaf scorch.

    • Growing Zones: 5 to 8
    • Color Varieties: Yellow
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun topartial shade
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained,acidic soilamended withcompost
  • 02 of 12

    Forsythia Bushes (Forsythia)

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    Not only is forsythia a vigorous, beautiful bush, but it is also an early bloomer. In fact, forsythia goes into full bloom even before its leaves appear in spring so that they are easy to see and enjoy. They only bloom once, however, and after that, the bush is not particularly interesting. Forsythia can become unkempt if not trimmed; pruning should be done immediately after spring flowering is complete.

    • Growing Zones: 5 to 8
    • Color Varieties: Yellow
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
  • 03 of 12

    Common Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris)

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    This May-flowering bush features beautiful clusters of fragrant flowers. Although various cultivars are now marketed (such as 'Bloomerang' and 'Miss Kim'), many gardeners still prefer the smell of the old-fashioned, common lilacs. Common lilac can spread uncontrollably unless suckers are removed at ground level.

    • Growing Zones: 3 to 7
    • Color Varieties: Lavender-blue, white, burgundy, deep purple, lilac
    • Sun Exposure: Full
    • Soil Needs: Loamy
  • 04 of 12

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    Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

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    As a flowering bush of late summer with a long blooming period, rose of Sharon helps bridge the gap in yard color between other plants' spring and fall blooms. In fact, these beautiful flowers will rebloom until the first frost. Rose of Sharon is also easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soils and growing conditions. Flowers are produced on new wood, so prune to maintain shape in early spring.

    • Growing Zones: 5 to 9
    • Color Varieties: White, red, lavender, or light blue
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Rich and moist

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  • 05 of 12

    Fothergilla Bushes (Fothergilla)

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    A multi-season shrub, fothergilla features white, fragrant "bottlebrush" flowers in spring. Many gardeners, however, choose the 'mount airy' dwarf fothergilla shrubs because of their spectacular autumn foliage. Expect various hues (orange, yellow, green, purplish), sometimes all on one leaf.Fothergilla shrubs are often grown near azaleas and rhododendrons since they have similar soil and cultural needs.

    • Growing Zones: 5 to 8
    • Color Varieties: White
    • Sun Exposure: Full suntopartial shade
    • Soil Needs: Moderatelymoist well-drained acidic soil
  • 06 of 12

    Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

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    Oakleaf hydrangea is a bush that boasts multi-season interest. But while its flowers bloom in the summer, oakleaf hydrangea really comes into its own in autumn, when its leaves turn beautiful colors. For good measure, its peeling bark adds winter interest to the yard. Hydrangea shrubs, in general (there are many kinds), come in handy for those trying to bridge color gaps in the late summer landscape. Where soil is not sufficiently acidic, you can amend with peat moss or feed with an acid-enhanced fertilizer.

    • Growing Zones: 5 to 9
    • Color Varieties: White or red
    • Sun Exposure: Partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained acidic soil with plenty of compost
  • 07 of 12

    Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus alba)

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    The 'Elegantissima' cultivar of red twig dogwood outdoes even oakleaf hydrangea. A titan of four-season landscaping, this plant offers year-round visual interest: spring blossoms, two-tonedleaves in summer, berries from summer to fall, and bright red twigs, which are brightest in winter. Red twig dogwood looks best when planted in groups or as an informal hedge.

    • Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Color Varieties: White
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Soil Needs: Rich, fertile, moist soil
  • 08 of 12

    Blue Princess Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess')

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    No list of shrubs would be complete without including an evergreen. Hollies are broadleaf evergreens, famous for the bright red holly berries with which they festoon the winter yard. The blue princess holly cultivar features glossy bluish-green spiny leaves, small flowers that bloom both in spring and fall, and of course, the holly's classic red berries. Blue Princess holly can be prone to winter burn, which is less likely if you position them in north or east-facing sites.

    • Growing Zones: 5 to 8
    • Color Varieties: White flowers, red berries
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Sand to heavy clay; tolerates a wide range of soil types

    Warning

    Holly berries are mildly toxic and can make animals and small children ill.

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  • 09 of 12

    Threadleaf False Cypress (Chamaecyparis)

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    King's Gold and Gold Mops are popular kinds of false cypresses. Bearing golden foliage, these evergreens are especially useful when grown along with plants bearing so-called "black flowers" (really a deep purple, in most cases) or dark leaves to create striking landscaping color schemes. As evergreens, bushes such as Gold Mops offer year-round color for the yard. Threadleaf false cypress plants like to be kept evenly moist; a thick layer of mulch around the plants can help with this.

    • Growing Zones: 4 to 8
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun, part shade
    • Soil Needs: Clay, silt, loamy
  • 10 of 12

    Stewartstonian Azalea (Rhododendron x Gable "Stewartstonian")

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    Stewartstonian azalea is an evergreen type of azalea that offers spring flowers, bright red autumn leaves, and attractive winter foliage.In late November, the foliage drops off, but by December new mahogany-colored leaves appear. These remain through the spring, creating visual interest even in dull March. Azaleas prefer somewhat acidic soil, so feed them with an acid-enhanced fertilizer.

    • Growing Zones: 5 to 8
    • Color Varieties: Red
    • Sun Exposure: Partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Fertile, well-drained, and evenly moist
  • 11 of 12

    Rugosa Rose (Rosa Rugosa)

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    No list of the best shrubs to grow would be complete without mentioning roses, one of the best summertime plants that you can grow—especially the famous Rosa rugosa. A hardy, easy-to-grow rose, Rugosa roses bloom in late spring to early summer, and many varieties will repeat bloom. These roses are sprawling, so give them plenty of space and beware of their large, sharp thorns.

    • Growing Zones: 3 to 9
    • Color Varieties: Pink, red, lavender, and white
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs:Rich, well-draining soil
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    Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos)

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    Hardy hibiscus not only brings year-long color to the yard but is also unusual in the north. Hardy hibiscus sports one of the largest blossoms you'll find among hardy plants in northern climates, earning it the nickname "dinner-plate hibiscus." It tends to bloom at about the same time as its relative, rose of Sharon: in mid-summer and then repeatedly through the fall till the first frost. Hardy hibiscus likes a relatively moist soil, so keep the ground around the plants well mulched to preserve moisture.

    • Growing Zones: 4 to 9
    • Color Varieties: White, red, pink, blue
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Loamy soil

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FAQs

What are herbs shrubs and trees give two examples of each? ›

Few plants are bigger than herbs and shorter than trees, and they are called shrubs. They have their branches grown near the base of the soil. The stems of shrubs are hard but not very thick, for example- lemon, croton, Chameli, etc. Oak, Bargad, coconut, eucalyptus, etc., are examples of trees.

Which plant is a shrub? ›

Definition. Shrubs are perennial woody plants, and therefore have persistent woody stems above ground (compare with succulent stems of herbaceous plants). Usually, shrubs are distinguished from trees by their height and multiple stems. Some shrubs are deciduous (e.g. hawthorn) and others evergreen (e.g. holly).

What are shrubs give examples answer? ›

Shrubs are medium-sized plants with bushy and hard (but not thick) stems with branches. Their stem braches out near the base. Examples of shrubs are rose, lemon, henna, etc. Was this answer helpful?

What are shrubs give 5 examples? ›

Some of the examples of shrubs are Croton, Lemon, Tulsi, Rose, Jasmine (Chameli), Bougainvillea, China rose, Pomegranate and Heena (mehndi).

Which is an example of shrub Class 6? ›

Give some examples of shrubs. Answer :- Jasmine, tulsi and rose.

Is tomato a shrub? ›

The tomato tree (Cyphonandra betacea) is a perennial shrub, he said. If planted in the proper region, the tree produces fruit from flowers in three months. Tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum) are annual vines that produce fruit in weeks, not months.

What are shrubs give 5 examples? ›

Some of the examples of shrubs are Croton, Lemon, Tulsi, Rose, Jasmine (Chameli), Bougainvillea, China rose, Pomegranate and Heena (mehndi).

What are called shrubs? ›

shrub, any woody plant that has several stems, none dominant, and is usually less than 3 m (10 feet) tall. When much-branched and dense, it may be called a bush. Intermediate between shrubs and trees are arborescences, or treelike shrubs, from 3 to 6 m tall.

Is Hibiscus a shrub? ›

hibiscus, (genus Hibiscus), genus of numerous species of herbs, shrubs, and trees in the mallow family (Malvaceae) that are native to warm temperate and tropical regions. Several are cultivated as ornamentals for their showy flowers, and a number are useful as fibre plants.

Which is not a shrub? ›

The Plant That Cannot Be Classified as a Shrub Is (a) Jasmine (b)Bougainvillea (C) Carrot (D) Croton. The plant that cannot be classified as a shrub is carrot. To learn more Biology related questions and answers, visit BYJU'S – The Learning App.

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