Paint Your Landscape: Flowering Bushes

Posted April 1, 2013 in Plant and Tree

A true artist works with texture as well as color, and nothing adds a great texture to your spring garden like flowering shrubs and bushes.

Here are three of our favorite at MasterPlan Landscape Design & Installation:

Ogon Spirea

Also called “Mellow Yellow” Spirea, the Ogon Spirea produces a delicate white flower in April and May, and bright yellow-golden feather leaves in the summer before turning a brilliant orange/russet in the fall. It’s a low maintenance shrub that is drought and deer resistant.

Rhododendrons and Azaleas

There are thousands of plants classified as Rhododendrons, including Azaleas. Rhododendrons can be grown almost anywhere in the world, from the tropics to the Himalayas, which is home to a large population of the species, according to the American Rhododendron Society.
Both rhododendrons and azaleas thrive in well-drained acidic soil and light shade. Azaleas have funnel shaped blossoms, while rhododendrons have trumpet-shaped flowers.
A virtual of rainbow of blooms is available for Rhododendrons and Azaleas, from white to blush pink to hot pink to peach and purple… the variations are all beautiful.
Azaleas are called “the royalty of the garden,” according to the Azalea Society of America.
Deciduous azaleas drop their leaves in the fall, and grow a new set of leaves in the spring. There are 16 species of deciduous azaleas native to areas of the US, and more deciduous species are native to Japan. Thousands of hybrids have been derived from these species.
Evergreen azaleas are more correctly “persistent-leaved” azaleas. They grow a set of spring leaves which are dropped in the fall, and a set of summer leaves which stay on through the winter.
MasterPlan Landscape Design & Installation can help you pick the best rhododendron or azaleas to meet your color and plant needs.

Winter Jasmine

Winter Jasmine can bring an early spring burst of color with its creamy yellow flowers. It’s an evergreen shrub that can be mistaken for forsythia, but winter jasmine blooms earlier.
Also, forsythia blooms all at once and the show lasts about a week, while winter jasmine flowers open over a period of six to eight weeks, so it’s fewer flowers but a longer display.


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