The seven shrubs described here are some of the most popular that are grown in the United States. With their colorful flowers and delightful fragrance they make a great addition to any garden. Some are also shade lovers which is an added benefit. These flowering shrubs are described in an article by Will Apse which I found on the Hub Pages website.
The flowering shrubs and bushes on this page are the most popular in the US with good reason. They are not only beautiful, they are versatile and easy to grow.
They can be used individually to add interest to any part of a garden. They can also be used in groups to provide privacy or act as windbreaks. Many varieties do well in shade under trees, bringing color and life to otherwise gloomy areas.
Most of these plants will attract bird and insect life adding sound and movement as well as scent and color to a garden.
I would have to say that a garden without shrubs is not really a garden!
On this page:
- Rhododendrons and Azealas
- Indian Hawthorne
- Butterfly Bush
Rhododendrons and AzaleasThere are so many varieties of Rhododendron that multi-volume encyclopedias exist to describe them all. There are species that are entirely native to the the US. There are species that have been brought in from the Himalayas and many other regions.
The massive popularity of Rhododendrons is based on the toughness of the plant, the mass of flowers many varieties produce, the attractive nature of the foliage and the capacity to grow well in shade or sun.
Azealas are very closely related plants but are shorter and more twiggy. They are almost all deciduous whereas Rhododendron are generally evergreen. It is worth asking for this detail before you choose a variety for a garden.
Between the rhododendrons and azaleas, there are varieties to suit almost every region- except for the Mid West.
Where do Rhododendrons Come From?
Rhododendrons are native to mountainous areas in Asia and are found from the Himalayas to Japan.
They have adapted well to US conditions and grow wild in many states such as Washington (the Purple Rhododendron is the state flower).