Top 10 Shrubs For Seasonal Color

If you want to enjoy color in your garden throughout the year then choose shrubs from this top ten list. The shrubs are arranged in the order in which they bloom starting with Witch Hazel which is the earliest followed by Forsythia and so on with suggestions to cover summer and fall. The shrubs are described in an article by David Beaulieu which I came across on The Spruce website.

Consult this list of shrubs before you shop at the nursery. My “Top 10” list describes popular specimens for the yard, as well as some bushes with which novices may be less familiar. Other bushes, of course, could easily have been included in this list, such as the ever-popular azaleas. But the kinds of shrubs presented in this listing are a good place to start, especially if year-round color in the landscape is your goal.

1. Witch Hazel

‘Arnold Promise’ witch hazel is one of the first shrubs to flower in spring. David Beaulieu

The first 9 bushes on my must-have list of shrubs all merit inclusion based on the color they bring to the yard during a particular season (although some offer multi-season interest). I’ve placed witch hazel at the beginning of this list of shrubs?because it ushers in the growing season — at least in my own zone 5 landscape, where it is the earliest plant to bloom. Flowering as it does in March, my witch hazel gives me the jump on everyone else in the neighborhood, in terms of having something in bloom in the yard.

2. Forsythia Bushes

The yellow of this forsythia hedge is made all the more striking by the juxtaposition of the evergreens. David Beaulieu

Witch hazel (above) beats forsythia to the punch in blooming, but it is not nearly as common. I’m the only one in my neighborhood to grow witch hazel, whereas several of my neighbors grow forsythia. Common or not, forsythia still belongs on a list of shrubs that are must-haves. Not only is forsythia a vigorous, beautiful bush, but it is also an early bloomer (next in line among bushes to bloom in my yard, after witch hazel).

Go to the next page to see more of these colorful shrubs for all season interest.