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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Slam Dunk Rhododendron

Trusses of frilly, rose-colored flowers with a burgundy blotch provide a spectacular display. A vigorous, cold-hardy hybrid. Partial sun. Zone: 4 – 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

Nikko Blush Deutzia

Blushing beauty will herald spring with a profusion of soft pink blooms. Great low hedge or spring blooming container plant for entry or patio. Semi-hardy in colder zones. Partial to full sun. Zone: 5 – 8

Blue Ice Bog Rosemary

Often first up in spring in even the coldest zones, the icy blue foliage is blanketed by masses of nodding, bell-shaped, small, pink flowers. Dramatic effect as a groundcover. Partial to full sun. Zone: 2 – 6

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