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Delightful Spring Shrubs

Many gardens are loaded with summer blooming beauties and that makes perfect sense. It’s easy to fall in love with flowers and lush foliage on a warm summer day of shopping at the nursery. A well-planned garden, though, has many seasons of interest, and now is the perfect time to assess the spring appeal of your landscape. Take a moment to look around your garden. Is it drab in late April and early May? Does it lack structure and texture? It sounds like you need some delightful spring shrubs!

Spring Shrubs We Love

Spirea – Oranges, reds, and yellows pop out in a lively spring display on many Spirea. Double Play Big Bang has vibrant early color and maintains bright foliage throughout the season. Double Play Doozie emerges with deep red foliage that turns to green and is topped with loads of magenta blooms throughout the summer. Excellent for sun and partial shade, these are low maintenance shrubs that do best in well-drained areas.

Rhododendron and Azalea – These spring bloomers are incredible. Rhododendrons boast evergreen foliage that hangs around throughout the winter and is topped by an amazing spring show. Azaleas put on the same amazing flower show but are deciduous. Rich, acidic soil in part sun makes these spring shrubs happy for years to come and blooms come in an array of pinks, oranges, and reds.

Lilacs – Lilacs are a spring shrub that don’t need an introduction, but why not mention them anyway! Gorgeous, fragrant, and reliable lilacs are a superb choice for spring blooms and early emergence. Smaller varieties like Prairie Petite can tuck into mixed plantings and larger varieties like Beauty of Moscow or Ludwig Spaeth make good hedges and screens. Medium sized Bloomerang Dark Purple is even a rebloomer!  

Double Play Doozie Spirea
Double Play Doozie Spirea in spring

Still hungry for spring bloomers? Read our blog featuring perennial showstoppers!