Flowering Shrubs for Zone 7


Shrubs are an essential part of any homeowner's landscape. Flowering shrubs pull extra duty by providing beauty to the landscape as well as privacy and protection. Shrubs are available in a variety of heights, from just a few feet to as tall as a small tree. They can be an anchor in a flowerbed, act as a pretty accent plant or form a background for other garden plants.

"Glossy" Abelia

  • The Glossy Abelia is a semi-evergreen shrub that grows to six feet high and six feet wide. The flowers are a purple-pink and profusely bloom during most of the summer to frost. The glossy dark-green leaves become bronze green to bronze red in winter.

    The hardy, drought-tolerant plant needs full sun or half shade. It prefers moist soil but can handle clay and dry soil. The Abelia makes a good accent and foundation plant and is sometimes used as a hedge.

Hydrangea "Oakleaf"

  • Not only does this shrub have beautiful, white, cone-shaped flowers in the summer, but it also puts on a show in the fall with its mix of large red, orange-brown and purple leaves. The Oakleaf hydrangea requires partial to half shade and needs rich, moist soil. It grows six feet tall and eight feet wide. It's a good plant for wooded areas and shrub borders.

Potentilla "McKay's White"

  • Potentillas need plenty of sun and well-drained soil. The McKay's White variety produces tiny white flowers with yellow centers from spring to autumn. This easy-to-grow shrub grows three feet high and five feet wide and makes a nice addition to a flowerbed.

Spirea "Bridal Wreath"

  • The Bridal Wreath Spirea is a spring-blooming plant with clusters of tiny white flowers. The shrub has a distinctive fountain-like growth habit with a round top and arching branches curving back to the ground. The plant will grow in medium shade. However, it produces the most flowers in full sun. Spirea do welll in most soil types. The shrub grows six to eight feet high and gets ten to twelve feet wide, making it excellent for informal hedges and mixed shrub borders.

Viburnum "Korean Spice"

  • The Korean Spice Viburnum grows four to five feet high with upright, spreading branches. The red to pink buds open to pure white, long-lasting fragrant flowers. This shrub also provides autumn interest as it produces red berries that turn black. Plant in full sun to partial shade in well-drained, moist and slightly acid soil. It works well in foundation planting and shrub borders.

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