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What You Need To Know About Flowering Shrubs

When to Prune Flowering Shrubs

You can trim flowering shrubs lightly anytime of the year especially if you are just removing dead, broken or diseased branches. Avoid pruning plants in late fall because it stimulates new growth which is easily damaged by freezing temperatures. For most shrubs, late winter or early spring is a good time for heavy pruning, but be sure to check the recommendations for your specific shrub. Some flowering shrubs like Hydrangeas can bloom on old wood so pruning in winter or spring can remove flower buds.

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When to Transplant Flowering Shrubs

Transplant deciduous or perennial flowering shrubs when they are dormant in late fall (after leaf drop) or late winter/early spring (before bud break/new growth). Evergreen flowering shrubs like Azaleas and Camellias should be dug up and moved in late winter or early spring.

Are There Evergreen Flowering Shrubs?

Warmer climates will have the best choices in flowering evergreen shrubs with Loropetalums, Camellias, Azaleas and Gardenias. Pieris Mountain Fire, Delaware Valley Azalea, and Little Richard Abelia are great flowering evergreen bushes for colder climates down to USDA growing zone 5. Abelias and several varieties of Azalea are recommended for growing zones 6 and up.

What Flowering Shrubs Can Grow in Shade?

While many flowering shrubs bloom best in full sun, there are plenty of options for shady spots in your yard too. Shade loving flowering shrubs like Azaleas and Hydrangeas are the perfect blooming bushes for shady locations. Just be sure to check the recommendations for the plant you choose as the sunlight preference does vary in these 2 groups. Snowball bushes and Camellias are also great flowering shrubs for partial shade or partial sun sites.


Are There Any Deer Resistant Flowering Shrubs?

Deer will eat almost any plant if it is the only option especially in areas with heavy deer populations. Even deer resistant flowering shrubs may still be a source of food for a hungry animal, predominantly the tender young growth and flowers. The Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) and Barberry have the highest deer resistance ratings, with Viburnum (Snowball Bushes, etc), Abelia, Forsythia, Camellia, Lilac, Beautyberry, and Rose of Sharon Hibiscus following close behind. These are also drought tolerant and low maintenance flowering shrubs.

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Flowering Shrubs by Bloom Color

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