By Tammy Sons
Flowering Shrubs For A Burst of Color
A garden without vibrant colors can be pretty dull and to make it bright and cheerful you can grow many flowering plants and perennials. Lots of colors during the spring and summer season can add to the scenic beauty of any garden.
Gardening is all about being artistic and playing with different colors. It is quite similar to painting where you use your imagination, creativity and your favorite colors to paint a colorful picture. There are many flowering shrubs and bushes that can be used to create a ‘picture perfect’ garden. These flowering shrubs bear colorful flowers in the blooming season. They are very diverse plants and they can be used in any kind of landscape to add colors.
Some easy to grow flowering shrubs that you can plant for their beautiful colors are-
Crape Myrtle- These are possibly the most extensively used shrubs for landscaping purposes. There are many varieties of Crape Myrtle but the common ones include Pink, Red, White and Lavender Crape Myrtle. These are very adaptable plants and they can easily be found in parks, parking lots, roadsides and home gardens. The flowers are very bright and the shrub is an excellent option for any garden design.
Forsythia- This is another deciduous shrub that produces bright yellow colored flowers during the spring season. The flowers are very bright and dense. The heavy flower laden branches can transform any landscape.
Viburnum- This shrub produces white or pinkish colored dainty flowers that have a pleasing scent. It is a low growing bush as compared to other flowering shrubs. Viburnum can be used as a hedge plant in the garden.
Burning Bush- Burning Bush is known for its fiery red fall foliage. It is a fast growing shrub that is very adaptable and drought tolerant. You can grow them as hedge plants or border plants in the garden. In fact, you can plant them anywhere and they will stand out.
Hydrangea- Hydrangea is another popular ornamental plant. Most of the cultivars bear very conspicuous white flowers but some of them also produce pink or blue colored blooms. The flowers cannot just transform your garden but they can also be cut and used in flower arrangements indoors.
Rose of Sharon- This is a very showy flowering shrub that produces large pink colored flowers. It can be used to create beautiful accent in front of the house or in the garden. This shrub attracts a lot of humming birds, bees and butterflies.
You can also try growing other flowering shrubs that can brighten up even the dullest corners or areas in your garden. Azalea, Flowering Dogwoods, Weigela, Beauty Bush, Chokeberry and Sheep Laurel are some wonderful flowering shrubs that can add a splash of bright colors to your garden.