Shrubs form the backbone of the British garden. There is such a broad selection to choose from, it is important to consider what you want from this group of plants. They can be used to create an informal hedge, covering fencing or bare walls. In a cottage garden, flowering shrubs provide a framework around which perennials and annuals can be planted, providing height and year round interest. The colour and shape of the leaves make some as beautiful and interesting to grow as any flower, ranging from crimson red right through to speckled white. Many produce flowers which attract wildlife to the garden. It is possible to buy some that flower Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, so with the right selection of shrubs, you can have flowers in your garden every month of the year.
The field of shrubs, whether bloomers or otherwise is a huge one. At Garden Oasis we appreciate this which is why we provide a huge range of shrubs to choose from. However, what follows is some information and general knowledge that may help you in coming to a decision about which flowers you are looking for.
A vast majority of shrubs flower in the UK around spring time, like most plant life. Some of the more common ones are Forsythia, Camellia, Rhododendron and Magnolia. These particular shrubs are very popular due to their incredibly colourful and unique bloom. Some of the spring flowering shrubs also benefit from being evergreen which again makes them a popular choice as their appeal is not only limited to spring and summer.
Although most Shrubs flower in the Spring, we have a good selection of shrubs that will flower during the height of summer. The most popular summer flowering shrubs are Buddleia, Hydrangea and Weigelia which if planted together, the colour spectacle can be truly dramatic. Our ‘flowering shrub collection’ contains a mix of shrubs that will flower from spring until autumn and are perfect for hiding ugly fence panels or adding colour to bare walls.
By the Autumn, almost all shrubs have finished flowering. There is still one or two that flower into September such as Hibiscus and Caryoptheris. You can also extend the flowering period of your garden by adding Autumn flowering perennials such as Aster, Anemone and Sedum. Our Autumn flowering perennial collection includes a selection of plants that flower right up until the first frosts in October.
The warmer seasons are not the only times of the year to get flowering shrubs for the garden. Daphne is a deciduous shrub that blooms a vertical parade of flowers during the winter season along with Hamamelis which puts on a colourful display of autumn colours through its striking, spider like plooms. Finally, Jasmin flowers in winter, a colourful scrambling shrub which is ideally suited for walls or trellis fencing. Combine these stunning flowering shrubs with evergreen plants and you really can continue to enjoy a bright and colourful garden in the darker months of the year.