Top 10 Flowering Bushes for Your Yard

Perennials and annuals aren’t the only plants that provide color in the garden. These flowering bushes produce magnificent floral displays.

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weigela shrubVia Proven Winners

Flowering Bushes: Weigela

Weigela spp. • Zones 3 to 9

For a pretty shrub with interest from early spring through fall, plant weigela in your borders and flower beds. For compact flowering bushes with bold pink flowers and burgundy fall foliage, try Fine Wine.

Also try these beautiful blooming bushes that attract butterflies.

Viburnum flowersVia Spring Hill Nursery

Viburnum

Viburnum spp. • Zones 2 to 9
Among the most popular of ornamental flowering shrubs and small trees, viburnum is sought after for three reasons: it’s beautiful, it’s versatile and it’s easy to grow. What’s more, there are three prime features that contribute to the viburnum’s year-round beauty: the flowers, the leaves and the colorful fruits it produces. Check out the best berry bushes that birds love.

Grow brandywine viburnum for tie-dye berry clusters.

rhododendronCourtesy Sherry Stone

Rhododendron and Azalea

Rhododendron spp. • Zones 4 to 9

The showy blooms—available in a wide spectrum of colors—and preference for partial shade have made these flowering bushes among the most popular in the country. A natural fit in many settings, rhododendron and azalea bushes look great in woodland gardens or as a single bush in smaller urban landscapes.

Here’s how to tell the difference between a rhododendron and an azalea.

nanking cherry shrubCourtesy Tammy Carlson

Nanking Cherry

Prunus tomentosa • Zones 2 to 7

Hardy and fast-growing, the Nanking cherry produces fragrant white flowers in spring. A larger shrub or small ornamental tree, it grows 6 to 10 feet tall and wide. After the spring bloom, you’ll notice small fruits, a favorite of many songbirds. Use Nanking cherry in the landscape for a hedge, border or specimen planting.

hydrangeaCourtesy Sheila Head

Hydrangea

Hydrangea spp. • Zones 4 to 10

The sight of one of these beauties is sure to conjure up memories of Grandma’s flowers. The showy shrub has long been a favorite of gardeners looking for an easy-care plant that blooms even in partial shade. Bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) are perfect for mild climates but usually won’t flower in regions with cold winters. In these areas, try cultivars of sevenbark hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), which produce huge spheres of densely packed white blooms. Check out the breathtaking hydrangea species you need in your garden.

camelliaCourtesy Christine Darnell

Camellia

Camellia spp. • Zones 6 to 11

When most garden plants are settling in for a well-earned rest, a camellia bush is just warming up. In fall, this evergreen shows off pink, white, yellow, orange and red blooms that last into winter and even early spring. With varieties ranging from 3 to 20 feet high, camellia does best in a partly shady spot that’s protected from hot, dry air and cold, strong winds. Here are more of the best fall shrubs to grow.

Daphne shrubVia Wayside Gardens

Daphne

Daphne spp. • Zones 4 to 10

Here’s a flowering bush that almost smells better than it looks—almost. Daphne is loved for the intoxicating scent of its delicate white, pink and purple blooms. Its compact habit and myriad varieties make it versatile, so try it as a ground cover, specimen or foundation planting. Check out super fragrant flowers that pollinators love.

lilac shrubCourtesy Sherrell Koski

French Lilac

Syringa vulgaris • Zones 3 to 8

Flowering lilac bushes are among the most anticipated sights and scents of spring. A deciduous shrub growing up to 22 feet tall and wide, lilac is at its best in small groupings or as a specimen plant.

forsythia early blooming spring flowersCourtesy Proven Winners

Forsythia

Forsythia • Zones 3 to 9

When this flowering bush blooms, you’ll be certain that warmer weather is on the way. Forsythia is one of the first plants to flower in spring, a time when its bell-shaped golden blossoms are a most welcome sight.

rose of sharon, flowering bushCourtesy Kristin Chapman

Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus • Zones 5 to 9

It may be a late bloomer but, as many gardeners know, rose of Sharon is well worth the wait. A member of the hibiscus family, this deciduous shrub bears beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom from late summer through mid-autumn. Rose of Sharon plants reach 10 feet high and thrive in moist, well-draining soil.

Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing birding and gardening content. As content director of Birds & Blooms, she leads the team of editors and freelance writers sharing tried-and-true advice for nature enthusiasts who love to garden and feed birds in their backyards. Since joining Birds & Blooms 17 years ago, Kirsten has held roles in digital and print, editing direct-to-consumer books, running as many as five magazines at a time, and managing special interest publications. Kirsten has traveled to see amazing North American birds and attended various festivals, including the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Rio Grande Bird Festival, The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, and the Cape May Spring Festival. She has also witnessed the epic sandhill crane migration while on a photography workshop trip to Colorado. Kirsten has participated in several GardenComm and Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conferences and is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. When she's not researching, writing, and editing all things birding and gardening, Kirsten is enjoying the outdoors with her nature-loving family. She and her husband are slowly chipping away at making their small acreage the backyard of their dreams.