The Top 16 Flowering Shrubs That Provide Color Throughout the Entire Season.


When it comes to planting flowering shrubs, finding multi-seasonal options that provide season-long color can be a challenge. However, there are some stunning varieties that will not disappoint. From the breathtaking beauty of the Chaenomeles and sunny blooms of the Hibiscus to the candy-colored splendor of lilacs and the staggering rose hybrids, these shrubs are sure to make your garden a happy place all year round.

The Chaenomeles is an excellent choice for a flowering shrub that offers more than just pretty blooms. This shrub produces fruiting branches that can last for weeks, adding an extra touch of beauty to your garden. The sunny hibiscus with its small, black-eyed candy blooms will make any garden come to life. And who can resist the charming and fragrant lilacs? Whether you prefer the pinky shades or the pure white types, these shrubs will bring a touch of elegance to your space.

If you’re looking for a show-stopper, the Summersweet Althea is the way to go. These butterfly bushes produce stunning flowers that will leave you breathless. For something a little taller, the Stewartstonian Rose Hybrids are a top choice. These roses are loved for their vibrant colors and long-blooming period. If you’re after a winter stunner, the Rhododendron Occidentalis is an excellent option. Its evergreen foliage and beautiful blooms bring a touch of golden beauty to your garden.

While hydrangeas are popular for their showy flower heads, the Quercifolia Hydrangeas really stand out. These shrubs offer stunning white blooms and unique oakleaf-shaped foliage that adds further interest to your garden. The Buttonbush Florida, with its small white and pink flowers, is another great option. The Mound Beautyberry and the June Gold Cinquefoil are both excellent choices for sunny areas with their vibrant foliage and stunning blooms. And don’t forget about the Male Rhododendrons – their bright pink flowers will surely make your garden a sight to behold.

“No matter what type of garden you have, there is a flowering shrub for you. From the breathtaking beauty of the Chaenomeles to the sunny blooms of the Hibiscus, these plants will provide season-long color and beauty. Whether you love lilacs, roses, or hydrangeas, there is a shrub that will fit your style. So grab your gardening gloves and get ready to make your garden a sight to behold!”

Top 10 Ornamental Shrubs

If you want year-round color in your yard, these top 10 ornamental shrubs are the perfect choice. From spring blooms to colorful fall foliage and winter interest, these shrubs will enhance your landscape with their beautiful colors and long-lasting blooms.

  1. Lilac (Syringa spp.) – Known for their fragrant blooms, lilacs offer a wide range of colors and varieties. With their stunning flowers and lovely scent, they are a popular choice for many garden enthusiasts.
  2. Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) – This flowering shrub blooms in late summer, adding color to your landscape when most other plants are past their prime. Its rosy pink or white flowers are both beautiful and attractive to butterflies and bees.
  3. Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) – This shrub is popular for its highly fragrant flowers that bloom in early spring, filling the air with a sweet scent. Its shiny, deep green leaves turn attractive shades of red and purple in the fall.
  4. Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) – This shrub is known for its unique, round flower heads that resemble buttons. It blooms in late summer and attracts butterflies and other pollinators with its white, fragrant flowers.
  5. Spirea (Spiraea spp.) – These shrubs offer a variety of colors and growth habits, making them a versatile choice for any landscape. They bloom in early to late summer and can add vibrant color to both sunny and shady areas.
  6. Weigela (Weigela florida) – With its trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pink, red, and white, this shrub is a standout in any garden. It blooms from late spring to early summer and is known for attracting hummingbirds.
  7. Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.) – This shrub is prized for its large, showy flower heads that come in various colors, including pink, blue, white, and even apricot. It blooms from late spring to summer and can be a breathtaking component of your landscape.
  8. Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa) – With its bright yellow, white, or pink flowers, this shrub adds a splash of color to your garden. It blooms from early summer to late fall and is known for its long flowering period.
  9. Camellia (Camellia japonica) – This evergreen shrub produces large, double flowers in shades of red, pink, or white. It blooms in late winter or early spring, adding color to the garden during the colder months.
  10. Sharon Rose (Hibiscus syriacus) – Also known as Rose of Sharon, this shrub offers beautiful flowers in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. It blooms from late summer to early fall and is a great addition to any garden.

These top 10 ornamental shrubs will provide you with stunning colors and blooms throughout the year. Whether you prefer the fragrance of lilacs, the vibrant colors of hydrangeas, or the showy flowers of roses, there is an ornamental shrub that will suit your landscaping needs. Plant them in your yard and enjoy a year-round display of beauty and color.

16 Best Flowering Shrubs for Season-Long Color

If you are looking to add some color to your sunny landscapes, these 16 flowering shrubs are a great choice. From the vibrant blooms of quince and potentilla to the delicate flowers of spirea and spicebush, there is a shrub suited for every yard.

  1. Forsythia – This early blooming shrub bursts with bright yellow flowers, adding a cheerful touch to the garden.
  2. Ilex – With its green foliage and bright red berries, this shrub is a top choice for winter interest.
  3. Spirea – Available in a variety of colors, this shrub is known for its abundant, showy flowers that last throughout the summer.
  4. Summersweet – This popular shrub produces fragrant white or pink flowers and is suited for both sunny and shady areas.
  5. Buddleia – Also known as butterfly bush, this deciduous shrub attracts butterflies with its colorful flower heads.
  6. Clethra – With its fragrant, white flowers, this shrub adds a breathtaking touch to any garden.
  7. Spicebush – This native shrub blooms early in the spring and has yellow flowers that are a favorite of butterflies.
  8. Mound Spirea – This compact shrub produces clusters of pink or white flowers and is well-suited for smaller landscapes.
  9. Korean Spice Viburnum – With its fragrant pink flowers, this shrub is a favorite for planting near pathways.
  10. Wintercreeper – This versatile shrub is known for its colorful foliage that lasts year-round.
  11. Carlesii Viburnum – This shrub produces clusters of fragrant flowers and is a favorite choice for landscaping.
  12. Cinquefoil – With its bright yellow flowers, this shrub adds a pop of color to any garden.
  13. Double Take Quince – This shrub produces large, double flowers in shades of orange, red, and pink.
  14. Peonies – Known for their large, showy flowers, peonies are a classic choice for any garden.
  15. Sharon Rose of Sharon – This shrub blooms from late summer into fall and comes in a variety of colors.
  16. Eastern Ninebark – With its attractive foliage and clusters of white flowers, this shrub is a favorite of many gardeners.

These flowering shrubs are not only beautiful, but they also offer a range of uses in landscaping. Whether you are looking to attract wildlife, add color to your yard, or create a stunning focal point, these shrubs have got you covered. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to add these stunning shrubs to your garden!


Spring is a wonderful time for flowering shrubs, and there are many options to choose from to add color and beauty to your landscaping. Whether you’re looking for fragrant blooms, multi-seasonal interest, or ornamental foliage, these spring flowering shrubs have got you covered.

The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is a classic spring shrub known for its abundance of fragrant, beautiful flowers. Lilacs are available in various colors, from deep purple to light pink, and they bloom for several weeks in late spring.

If you’re looking for a smaller shrub, consider the dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’). This compact lilac measure only 4 to 5 feet in height and produces clusters of fragrant lavender flowers.

Another popular spring flowering shrub is the rhododendron. With its large, showy blooms, the rhododendron adds a splash of color to any landscape. Some top varieties to consider include the Limelight rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Limelight’), which features lime green flowers, and the Alpine currant (Ribes alpinum), which has bright yellow flowers.

For those looking for a unique spring flowering shrub, consider the Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia). This shrub produces fragrant white or pink flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Its dark green foliage adds interest and beauty throughout the summer months.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance shrub, the Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) is an excellent choice. This evergreen shrub features shiny green leaves in the spring and summer, and its colorful foliage adds interest to your landscape during the fall and winter months.

Hydrangeas are also popular spring flowering shrubs, with their large, showy blooms. One top variety is the Incrediball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’), which produces huge, white flowers that can measure up to 12 inches in diameter. Another option is the Pee Gee hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’), which features cone-shaped white flowers that turn pink in the late summer.

If you’re looking to attract butterflies and bees to your garden, consider planting the Butterfly bush (Buddleja spp.). This shrub produces an abundance of small, fragrant flowers in various shades of purple, pink, and white. Its long blooming period and sweet scent make it a favorite among pollinators.

The Cinquefoil (Potentilla spp.) is another spring flowering shrub that deserves attention. This shrub features small, apricot-colored flowers that bloom in late spring and continue throughout the summer months. Its small size and mound-like shape make it perfect for smaller gardens or as an accent shrub.

Roses are a classic choice for spring flowering shrubs, and there are many varieties to choose from. One top pick is the Knock Out rose (Rosa ‘Radrazz’), which is known for its disease resistance and abundance of vibrant red blooms. Other popular rose varieties include the Floribunda roses and the Grandiflora roses, which offer a wide range of colors and fragrances.

Finally, the Quince (Chaenomeles spp.) is a unique spring flowering shrub that is sure to make a statement in your garden. This shrub produces bright orange or red flowers that bloom in early spring and are followed by small, apple-like fruits. Its thorny branches also provide additional interest and texture.

These spring flowering shrubs are just a few examples of the many options available for adding color and beauty to your garden. Whether you’re looking for fragrant blooms, ornamental foliage, or multi-seasonal interest, there is a spring flowering shrub that is suited to your needs. So get out there and start planting!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.