16 high-impact, fast-growing shrubs. Yes, we mean ZOOM!

Whether you’re starting a garden from scratch, ripping out under performers, or have a place where you need a bit of sexy eye-candy, there’s no shame in planting for a bit of immediate gratification. Yes, a mature garden takes time and is so worth the wait, but that doesn’t mean you can’t slip in a few shrubs that grow more quickly and add plenty of bling to the landscape. All of these put on a show in their first year, and by year three, they’re a house on fire! Note that many overlap zones, so be sure to check out all choices when making your shopping list.

Zones 3 - 6

Blue Enchantress® Hydrangea

Striking ruby-black stems support big mophead flowers on this exquisite re-blooming hydrangea. Great cut flower. Partial shade to partial sun. Fast, reaches up to 5 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 4 – 9

Double Flowered Japanese Rose

Three-seasons of wonder: Green branches provide winter color followed by brilliant, rose-like yellow spring flowers and yellow fall foliage color. Partial to full sun. Fast, up to 10 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 5 – 9

Neon Flash Spirea

Such a useful little thing! Bright neon-red flowers appear over a long period over rich green foliage that becomes dark burgundy in fall. Creates a colorful low hedge or mass planting. Full sun. Fast, reaches 3 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 4 – 9

Grace Smoke Tree

Again with the smoke tree? Hey, when you put on this kind of show and grow this fast, you deserve the huzzuhs. Plum-red foliage, big feathery blooms, orange in fall. Full sun. Fast, reaches up to15 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 4 – 8

Lavender Lady Lilac

Plant at back of the border, where it will burst with traffic-stopping, fragrant spring flowers, then recede while other later blooming plants take over. Partial to full sun. Fast, reaches up to 12 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide. Zone: 3 – 8

Dappled Willow

A sophisticated garden has plenty of colorful foliage. Weeping branches load in striking pink stems and buds, surrounded by white, green and pink foliage. Partial to full sun. Fast, reaches up to 20 ft. tall and wide; 6 to 10 ft. with pruning. Zone: 4 – 9

Isanti Red-Osier Dogwood

A more compact grower than other red twig dogwoods, its bird friendly with fall foliage, showy fruit, and yes, those amazing red winter stems. Partial to full sun. Fast, reaches 6 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 2 – 8

Tahitian Treasure™ Rose

Every garden needs a few roses. This landscape variety is a fast beauty that not everyone has. Continuous, abundant, deep-salmon blooms and disease resistant, too. Full sun. Fast, reaches 5 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. Zone: 5 – 9

Zones 7 - 10

Compact Spicy Jatropha

Bodaceous, much? Don’t let “compact” fool you. This is a tall, hot-natured bloomer that makes an exceptional privacy screen hedge whether sheared or left natural to bloom.Partial to full sun. Fast, up to 6 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide; taller with age. Zone: 9 – 11

Allgold Broom

On the small side and very dense, this gold broom can stand alone or in a mass to create a color display that ‘pops’ even from far away. Water-wise. Full sun. Fast, reached up to 6 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 6 – 9

Royal Robe Paraguay Nightshade

Needs elbow-room, but a spectacular shrub to plant where you can admire the large, fragrant flowers, summer through autumn. Full sun. Fast, reaches up to 8 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 9 – 11

Icecap™ Rose

Looking for an improved, more disease-resistant landscape rose that blooms and blooms with dense, pure-white flowers on a compact shrub? Here you go! Mass or pot-up. Full sun. Fast, reaches up to 3 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 5 – 9

Shoal Creek Chaste Tree

It’s a shrub that grows into a tree. Make it purple-flowered stunner the elegant centerpiece of a tough, water-wise graden. Improved cultivar, blooms over an extended season. Full sun. Fast, reaches12 ft. tall and as wide. Zone: 6 – 9

Brilliant Hibiscus

We know it’s only for the warmest zones where it blooms nearly year-round, but potted ones can come inside where frost is an issue. Ideal for large pots or to cover blank walls. Fast, reaches up to 10 ft. tall and  6 ft. wide. Zone: 10 – 11

Bells of Fire™ Esperanza

Butterflies and hummingbirds flock to this heat and sun-loving shrub that explodes with color from spring to frost. Compact, good for smaller spaces. Partial to full sun. Fast, reaches up to 6 ft. tall, 4 ft wide; slightly larger in mild winter climates. Zone: 9 – 11

Bonsai Blue Jacaranda

Please do not judge me by this photo! I’m actually a killer shrub huge clusters of rich purple flowers. Dwarf of the fabulous tree; remarkably tolerant of heat and drought, when established. Full sun. Fast, reaches up to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide. Zone: 9 – 11

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