Spring Flowering Shrubs

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 25, 2013)

Are you thinking of putting spring flowering shrubs into your landscape design? If so you need to know what your options are before you rush out and pick something up. Here is a little bit of information about some of the more popular types, and ones that you may want to consider putting in your landscape design.

  • Mock Orange. This particular shrub requires full sun, well-drained soil, and being planted in zones three through nine to grow to its full potential. Mock orange is a great choice when looking for a plant that will grow particularly large since it will grow up to 15 feet wide, and tall. This wonderful shrub is a great option for beginning gardeners and landscapers since it is fairly easy to grow.
  • Viburnum. Perhaps one of the best known, and arguably the most beautiful, of the spring flowering shrubs viburnum is a wonderful choice for your landscape. Depending on the particular type of viburnum, the shrub can grow up to 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide. This particular breed of shrub does best in zones two through nine, and can attract birds to your yard. Additionally, when the shrub is in bloom it will sprout flowers that range from pink to white. When planting the shrub make sure it is placed in an area with full sun and well drained soil.
  • Mountain Laurel. Known scientifically as Kalmia latifolia this beautiful shrub has bunches of pink, red, or white flowers that begin showing up around during the late spring and early summer months. When this plant gets to its full growth it will grow up to 10 feet tall, and as many wide. Soil conditions for this plant are those that have an acidic pH rating, and it grows really well in zones five through nine. Keep in mind that this plant is poisonous, so keep it away from children and pets.
  • Heath. Commonly known as heat or heather, Erica carnea is a beautiful shrub that begins to bloom in late winter or early spring. When in bloom this shrub will have white, pink, or red colored flowers. At its full growth heather will grow to be only 10 inches tall, but up to two feet wide. Heather really likes to be planted in well-drained soil that is in the full sun, but also sheltered to an extent so the winter winds don't dry out the plant and turn it a brown color.

Besides these four types of flowering shrubs there are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of others that you can choose from. If you decide to go with something else besides these make sure that you do the research necessary to make sure that you know what the plant needs, and how to care for it. Additionally, this will give you more options for your garden and landscape design.

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Lee Wyatt

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