Zone 5 & 6 Flowering Shrubs

Hydrangea 'Invincibelle Spirit'

Flowering shrubs are a must in a Zone 5 & 6 garden! They provide color and good structure for garden beds along with winter interest after the growing season ends. Make sure to give them a good start by carefully planning where they will be planted. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen shrubs planted too close together or too close to the house or sidewalk!

Consider the mature size, the form, and the flowers of the shrubs. Space them according to the care directions so they have room to grow and thrive for many years of enjoyment.

Here are some flowering, ornamental shrubs that do well in Zone 5/6 Gardens:

* Cotoneaster – Tiny pink flowers in May and cranberry-like red berries in fall. Leaves provide great fall color. Attracts birds. Comes in varying sizes from 2′ – 3′ to 8′ – 10′ varieties.

* Dogwood – Adaptable and vigorous flowering shrubs. I especially like the types with bright red stems – stunning! They add much needed color to the winter garden. Yellow, white or pink blooms in spring or early summer.

* Forsythia – Ahhh springtime has arrived! Masses of yellow blooms and good for cutting. Needs well drained soil.

* Hydrangea – Provides a big splash of color to the garden with their large, showy flowers. Old-fashioned plants that are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. The new “Invincibelle Spirit” is one I’m going to check out this season. A portion of sales from this hardy, pink hydrangea will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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* Mock Orange – Re-blooming shrub with luscious, fragrant white flowers. The dwarf variety is especially recommended and easy care.

* Potentilla – One of the few shrubs that flowers all summer long. A drought tolerant steady performer for the front of your garden. Grows 2′ – 3′ high. Available in yellow, white, pink and orangey-red.

* Rhododendron – Also know as “Azaleas”. Gorgeous when in flower – most bloom in spring. Does best in part shade. Flower Chick screwed up the first time I planted them and they died. Learned my lesson – they love organic, moist and well-drained low pH soil. Worth the effort!

* Viburnum – Last but certainly not least, the Viburnum family offers something for every Zone 5 & 6 garden. Extremely serviceable plants that come in many sizes and forms. Birds and butterflies flock to them. One of my favorites is the ‘Compact Koreanspice Viburnum’ a fragrant variety with rounded clusters of flowers. The dark green foliage turns a lovely wine red in fall.

Potentilla 'Goldfinger'

Potentilla ‘Goldfinger’

Category: Shrubs

Jackson and Perkins

2 thoughts on “Zone 5 & 6 Flowering Shrubs

    • admin on said:

      Hi Rich, Here are some of the dwarf-smaller flowering shrubs I recommend. Each grows 2′ – 3′ in height and does well in full sun to part shade. 1.) Bobo Hydrangea (blooms white June – Sept) 2.) Show Off Sugar Baby Forsythia (blooms yellow in March-April) 3.) Minuet Weigela (blooms red in May – June) 4.) Fine Wine Weigela (blooms pink in May – June) 5.) Sixteen Candles Clethra (blooms white in July – August). You can’t go wrong with any of these beauties!

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