Favorite Blooming Shrubs

Favorite Blooming Shrubs

Posted by Tammy Sons on Jul 2nd 2018

Service Berry

Service Berry is a gorgeous plant with something to offer all four seasons. It can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. It takes up minimum space but gives back a lot with little care. It starts with beautiful white flowers in the spring. By summer, these ripen into delicious purple berries that attract birds. In autumn the plant's bright green leaves turn vibrant shades of red and orange. Its silvery bark offers a surprising elegance.

Serviceberry Tree

The berries which give the plant its name are entirely edible and can be eaten fresh off the tree or made into jams, jellies or wine. The berries are also called Saskatoon berries, and they are juicy and sweet. They do attract birds, providing a valuable source of food for wildlife, if you choose the berries on the shrub. Service Berry is a very hardy plant, eager to tolerate your coldest winter. It readily grows wild along the edges of highways but has the appeal needed for a place in your garden or yard. It thrives in the sun, or part shade and many varieties are drought resistant. It grows well as a single specimen or can be planted into a bed or hedge. With its natural care, stunning looks and tasty crop of berries, this plant is ready to be pressed into "service" for you.

Zone 2-9

Mature Height: 6-25 ft.

Mature Width: 4-20 ft.

Growth/Year: 0-1 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun or Shade

Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soils

Botanical Name: Amelanchier selections | Service Berry

Green Leaf Japanese Maple

The Green Leaf Japanese Maple is a species of large shrub or small tree that will grow in hardiness zones 5 to 8, has left of a soft green color, reaches a mature height and width of up to 25 feet, and is a tree that looks very delicate and beautiful in full maturity. The scientific name for this airy plant is Acer palmatum, and this article will discuss why owning one makes perfect sense!

An Acer Palmatum grows best in well-drained, moist acid soil. These trees can flourish in part sun/part shade or full shade, and do well in colder climates. The look of these trees is a low, dense symmetrical top which assumes a layered look. This plant can even be planted and grown in a small pot, like a bonsai, and can be planted near patios for an excellent shade tree near a residence, business or alongside a street.

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Other advantages to the Acer palmatum are that it has moderate resistance to drought and a pretty considerable resistance to pests. It has multiple sturdy trunks, grows star-shaped leaves with a beautiful, delicate texture, and the fall leaf colors can range from yellow to red to orange. The Green Leafed Japanese Maple is a slow growing tree that will be a joy to cultivate and observe to its full maturity.
All in all, the Green Leafed Japanese Maple is a gentle looking tree with a deceptively strong build. The tree can be grown in a small pot for decoration or let its branches spread out when planted in soil in the ground. These plants are perfect for landscape decoration or being used as a shading tool on the street or at home. The green leaves make an excellent addition to any tree, and the fall leaves bring in lively pops of showy color during the fall.
Japanese Red Maple Tree

The Japanese red maple tree, or Bloodgood Acer Palmatum, is a deciduous tree with red leaves that develop up to 20 feet tall, has a 20-foot spread and grows best in zones 5, 6, and 7. The leaves of this tree are smaller than traditional maples leaves and much narrower and delicate in appearance. In the fall the leaves turn from a purple-hued red to a deeper crimson color that makes them stand out amazingly in any landscape.

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The leaves on the Bloodgood Acer Palmatum or Japanese red maple tree appear in early spring and remain on well through autumn. At their mature height and spread, they can have the appearance of a large bush. These characteristics make it an appealing addition to any landscape because its color fight off the winter grays and its stature make it easy to maintain. This tree thrives best in well-drained moist soil and partial sun or filtered shade. Exposing the tree to the full hot sun can damage the leaves and dry out the root system. Watering in the early morning is recommended before the intense heat of the day sets in.

The Japanese red maple tree is classified as a large shrub or small tree, and it compliments any size or style of landscaping. In a smaller garden, it can be periodically trimmed back, so it does not overwhelm the space. With a larger area to grow in, the Japanese red maple will thrive within the filtered shade of taller trees or surrounding buildings. While the foliage on the tree remains throughout spring, summer, and fall, it is best to protect the tree from high winds that could uproot it or damage its branches. No matter where this tree is placed, it will be the focal point of the area with its bright red leaves and ornate branch growth. The Japanese red maple tree creates a feeling of serenity and beauty wherever it is planted, and with proper care, it will flourish for generations.

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus, is a sun-loving shrub that doesn’t need much water. It can survive drier soil conditions and also in areas with partial shade but does better in full sunlight. It is popular in the Southeastern United States for that reason. It grows best in the plant hardiness zones 5-9. A mature plant will reach 8ft with a minimum height of the 6ft and maximum height of 10ft. It can achieve a width of 6ft but usually stays around 5 to 4ft when pruned.

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These shrubs are great for gardens because they have late blooms in the summer and can also be pruned in the winter or before. It is a deciduous plant, so it will lose its leaves in the winter after it has bloomed. Contrary to popular belief, this plant is not a rose and is more closely related to a hibiscus flower.

The Red Rose of Sharon is a popular one. Blooming in the summer with deep red flowers, this shrub is sure to catch someone’s eye. From the late summer to mid-autumn, the Red Rose of Sharon provides beautiful large red flowers. This flower has a yellow stamen and is attractive to hummingbirds and humans alike. It may also have double blossoms and is usually at the taller end around 8ft with a 6ft spread.
The pink Rose of Sharon brings soft pink flowers throughout the summer. It has a white stamen that attracts all kinds of winged beauties including hummingbirds and butterflies. The pink Rose of Sharon grows faster when younger, and will become less with age. It reaches anywhere from 6ft to 10ft in height but usually has a width of 5ft.
The White Rose of Sharon blooms wonderfully without much care. The White Rose of Sharon also has a white stamen. It can thrive longer than other types and provides just as great flowers. It's an average sized plant like the pink Rose of Sharon.
And last but not least is the purple Rose of Sharon. This flower is a favorite of butterflies. The purple Rose of Sharon and all other types are pest resistant. Hummingbirds eat most bugs that are attracted to these plants and help to keep them safe. Purple Rose of Sharon plants are on the smaller side growing to 6ft or up to 8ft but have an average width of about 5ft.

Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle

The Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle is an outstanding red-flowering variety of the Crepe Myrtle tree that grows in hardiness zones of 6 to 9; they should not be planted in soil that is too deep and will grow poorly in soils that are wet; they will also reach a mature height of 15-25 feet and a mature width of about 10-20 feet. This variety of plant is very hardy and will be easy to grow and care for over the years. Read on to discover three exciting pieces of information about this magnificent tree.

1. Although the Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle requires regular watering and fertilizing schedule first to establish a deep and extensive root system, Red Rocket is drought-resistant and need very little water and pruning once they quickly rocket to full size! Plant these trees in direct sunlight with good air circulation and well-drained soil for the most significant and brightest blooms.

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2. The Red Rocket is resistant to disease, heat, drought, deer, and mildew. Because this tree is so hardy, it will be a natural pleasure to plant, quickly grow, and watch healthily bloom over and over again between midsummer and mid-fall. The flowers on this tree tend to be big, full, and enchantingly beautiful. They are very popular in the South!
3. This aesthetically pleasing red variety of Crepe Myrtle is a beautiful addition to any front or backyard. The color will draw passersby's attention to wherever one or more are planted, and add a lovely pop of color against the green grass and the neutral colors of your house or building exterior.
The Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle is a wonderfully hardy tree that does well in warm, summer climates. Once these trees are permanently rooted, they require little watering and pruning (except to keep an excellent shape). This lovely red-flowering tree is an eye-catching pop of color to any yard or garden and will last for many years to come. The Crepe Myrtle also comes in many shades of white, pink, lavender, and purple, making it a plant that will suit any exterior landscape or garden.