With thousands of species and varieties in widespread use, there is a flowering shrub to suit every taste and situation. The majority bloom, here in the Northeast, between April and July, and many also offer attractive foliage and useful winter interest. Because of their many ornamental qualities, and with thoughtful site selection, shrubs can be effectively used throughout the garden.
Flowering shrubs will generally produce more flowers if they are deadheaded (removing spent flowers before they form seed), and many varieties will also benefit from regular pruning that complements their natural habit by removing unbalanced or weak growth.
Most shrubs are long-lived plants, and with minimal care the varieties featured here will enhance your garden for many years to come.