10 Shrubs That Look Great in Late Spring

It’s been a wonky spring which means that in many parts of the country, lots of homeowners are doing lots of planting. We took a quick poll of our social media users asking what flowering shrubs they’re looking forward to planting May into June.

Here’s what they told us they love (and would love to pick up from their local independent garden center!)

Grace N’ Grit™ Yellow Shrub Rose
Zone: 4 – 9

Top of EVERYONE’S list? Roses that are fuss-free and beautiful. Up to 5′ tall, 4′ wide.

ZONE 3 - 5

Crimson Kisses™ Weigela
Zone: 4 – 9

Readers chose this because it’s got those kicky flowers, but also because it blooms in spring and throughout summer. Great low hedge, too. Up to 3′ tall and wide. Full sun.


Seaside Serenade® Bar Harbor Hydrangea
Zone: 3 – 8

Coming on a bit later, this was a favorite because of the big flower clusters and sturdy stems. Up to 4′. Partial to full sun.

Flower Carpet® Amber Groundcover Rose
Zone: 4 – 10

Gets high marks because  it can handle a rough winter and bounce back beautifully in spring. Up to 3′ tall and wide. Full sun.

ZONE 6 - 8

Summer Snowflake Viburnum
Zone: 5 – 8

Something about the wedding-cake layers of white blooms made readers swoon. And that was before they knew about fall berries. Up to 8′ tall, 10′ wide. Full sun.

Chateau™ d’Amboise Rose of Sharon
Zone: 5 – 9

Height and scale and those tropical-looking flowers made this series a reader favorite. Up to 6′ tall, 4′ wide. Partial to full sun.

Blue Enchantress® Hydrangea
Zone: 4 – 9

What’s not to love about big mophead flower clusters in spring and throughout summer? And those black stems! Up to 5′ tall and wide. Partial shade to partial sun.

ZONE 9 - 11

Fullmoon® Hibiscus
Zone: 10 – 11

Readers were over-the-moon for the bright-yellow double flowers of this stunner that blooms nearly year round. Up to 6′ tall and 4′ wide. Full sun.

Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush
Zone: 8 – 11

Bees love it, it’s easy and fuss-free, but we think the blood-red, bottlebrush-like, pet-me flower spikes made this a reader favorite. Up to 3′ tall and 5′ wide. Full sun.

First Love® Gardenia (Grafted)
Zone: 8 – 11

Our grafted gardenias scored big with readers who need an amazing solution for sites with less than wonderful soil. Up to 8′ tall and 6′ wide. Partial to full sun.

Of course there were dozens more that readers loved. Which of these are your favorites? What else should be included? Tell us in comments below.

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