If you’re interested in enjoying some of the first flowers of the season (and well into summer) each year, check out some of our favorite flowering shrubs. Plus, it’s the perfect time to get them in the ground.
Lilac: You probably remember these from when you were a kid. We’d come home from Grandma’s with armloads. Start your own tradition with the Lilac’s fragrant, lavender, deep purple and white blooms.
Viburnum: We love to plant these by a window where you want a little privacy. Great for screening and throw open your windows for a nice breeze and Viburnums will fill the whole room with their sweet scent.
Weigela: So many things to love about Weigelas, with their arching stems and bell-shaped flowers. We love their rich dark-purple summer foliage, too. Plus, there are many cultivars to choose from.
Azalea/Rhododendron: We’re not cheating, Azaleas and Rhododendrons belong to the same family (or genus), so we’re including them as our 3rd favorite spring flowering shrub. You’ll love their showy, long-lasting blooms and sometimes-large evergreen leaves (ask us about different varieties).
Quince: The blooms are some of the first to herald the end of cold weather and they come in gorgeous red, pink, salmon or white. Some varieties bear fruit that can be made into delicious jams, jellies or pies.