Living in an area where the weather is unpredictable can play havoc on a garden. People might think that they can only get the plainest of plants that do little to add to the beauty of a garden, states Tammy Sons, a leading shrub grower & shipper at Garden Delights Nursery. However, there are some beautiful flowering plants out there that can stand some extreme temperature changes. Some of the hardiest flowering plants are the hydrangea, the burning bush, and the forsythia.
Beautiful and Bold – The Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are great plants for those who want beautiful flowering shrubs on a nearly year-round basis. These shrubs bloom from early spring right into late autumn in most climates. The flowers are usually white, but other varieties have been found in blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. The flowers might appear as multi-leaved pompoms or flat flowers with the center of smaller, more subdued flowers. This shrub thrives in the sun and shade and can grow to be 3 feet tall and 18 feet wide.
The Unique Burning Bush
The burning bush is a truly unique plant. Instead of having green leaves like most common shrubs, its leaves are bright red or fiery pink. This unusual shrub got its name from its unique color. When examined closely, the bush might have yellow flowers, which will eventually turn into red berries. It can grow to be up to 15 feet tall. This shrub is easy to maintain and adapts well to the full sun or bright partial shade environment. That is a great plant to add borders to a garden or a splash of color in a yard.
The Understated Beauty of Forsythia
Forsythia is a great accent plant for a garden. This shrub can grow to be 15 feet tall and 9 feet wide. This light plant displays beautiful yellow bell-shaped blooms. While it is a cold-hardy plant, it still needs to be carefully maintained to keep its unique shape. Frequent pruning is needed to maintain the shrub lines and keep them from looking sloppy or overgrown. This plant does well in sunny or partially sunny environments.
The Benefits of Flowering Shrubs
Flowering shrubs can be used to spice up a landscape and make a garden more interesting and colorful, Dennis Sons at Tn Nursery says. At the same time, the hardiest of these flowering shrubs require very little maintenance. These plants will spend most of the year flowering, so their beauty can continue to be enjoyed.