Looking for that amazing “pop” of color in your garden or landscape? Want something that makes a statement and really stands out against your backdrop!
Enter… perennial shrubs
Perennial shrubs add balance to your landscape. Today we’re going to be talking about flowering shrubs that can really catch the attention of passerbys. If you’re following my garden plan, you have already chosen your trees and evergreen shrubs. Perennial shrubs are the next layer out from your house — the are the perfect foreground for your evergreens because they add tons of color and interest, and are large enough to make a statement. Set in front of a row of evergreens will really make these perennial shrubs POP.
And… when they are done blooming, your sturdy evergreen foundation will keep your garden from looking bare and messy. See, your landscape is already starting to take shape.
Let’s get to the fun stuff! These are my picks for the BEST perennial shrubs to add color and texture to your landscape.
Deciduous Perennial Shrubs To Add Color and Texture To Your Landscape
Knockout Rose Bush
Knockout or double knockout roses are easy to grow, don’t require special care and bloom up to 9 months of the year
— literally from spring until the end of fall when it starts to frost. Knockouts come in a variety of colors, most being in the pink (hot pink to blush) or yellow family. Zones: 5-11 | 3-4’ H x 3-4’ W | Full Sun
The early-bloomer of the bunch, forsythia bursts with yellow flowers that signal the start of spring. Several would look lovely scattered throughout your landscape. Try the “Lynwood Gold” or “Sunrise” variety. There’s also dwarf varieties of forsythia with all the beauty and benefits of the full-sized version in a sweet little low-growing package. Zones 5-8 | 5’H x 5’W | Full Sun
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Indian Hawthorne is a small and slow-growing evergreen shrub native to southern China and Japan. These no-fuss perennial shrubs burst with pink or white clusters of flowers in spring, which give way to dark blue berries that attract birds and other wildlife the rest of the year. Zones 8-11 | Part-Full Sun | Shrub: 3-4’ H x 3-6’ W | Tree: 15-25’ H x 8-10’ W
A lovely vibrant green shrub with a naturally rounded shape. In late summer, long stems shoot up, COVERED in deep blue
flowers. There are so many blue blossoms shooting from these long wands that it has the effect of turning the shrub into a big blue ball in your landscape. So cool! Zones 5-9 | 2-3’ H x 2-3’ W | Full Sun
For a 4-season layered landscape, plant your perennial shrubs IN FRONT OF your evergreen shrubs. The evergreens will be the perfect backdrop for these blooming pops of color. A must have is the “knockout” or “double knockout” rose bush — these can bloom up to 9 months of the year and are very easy to care for. Forsythias signal the start of spring, with bright yellow flowers blooming on the branches of the plant, before the leaves even appear! Do you live in a warmer climate and are looking for something no-fuss? The Indian Hawthorne (Hardy to Zone 8) is the perennial shrub for you. This no fuss shrub comes in pink or white flowers, and even has berries in the summer that attract birds. If you are feeling more adventurous, try the Beyond Midnight Bluebeard. This beautiful mound-like green shrub bursts with blue blooms on long stems in late summer, giving it the appearance of a big blue ball in your landscape.
What’s your favorite perennial shrub? Post your comments and pictures below and I’ll add them to my list!
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