5 Shrubs That Look Great in April (Z: 3 – 7)

As we emerge from winter into the fresh colors and scents of spring, there’s just nothing better than walking outside and seeing a long-dormant shrub bursting into bloom. While we still need to wait awhile for the lilacs and roses, these five shrubs will give you a healthy spring color fix. Think of a spot that you wish had some color right about now and then delve into these useful and really lovely shrubs.

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Pearce’s American Beauty Rhododendron

What a stunning display in late spring with splendid deep rose blooms, each set off by a bold gold flare! Partial shade to partial sun. Zone: 5 – 8

CheeseHead™ Potentilla

Bright, enthusiastic blossoms for even the coldest of zones. Big yellow flowers from spring until late summer on a compact, low-maintenance, deer and rabbit resistant shrub. Partial to full sun. Zone: 3 – 8

Lil’ Sizzle™ Spirea

Exceptionally tough and compact variety packs a double punch with bright orange new foliage that matures to gold, and hot pink flowers that appear in spring, and again in summe.  Partial shade to full sun. Zone: 4 – 9

Icee Blue® Juniper

Best silver-blue winter color of the ground cover junipers. Winter foliage becomes plum-purple in coldest climates. Spreading habit makes it an excellent winter structural plant in the ground or in a container. Full sun. Zone: 3 – 9

Landmark Rhododendron

Compact midseason bloomer that produces showy trusses of wavy-edged, deep fuchsia-pink flowers with a faint scarlet spotting. More sun tolerant than most, the small, dark green leaves turn bronze in the winter. Wonderful foundation or low hedge plant. Partial sun. Zone: 5 – 8

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