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Bluebeard Shrub. This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It's extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 5-9
Double-file Viburnum - These are no ordinary flowers. They sit up above the leaves, almost as if they are floating several inches above the branch. So even though doublefile viburnum is a large shrub with coarse-textured leaves, when it’s in flower it looks light and airy. The flowers typically last 3 – 4 weeks. In the fall, small berries appear but they are not overly ornamental. The leaves turn a deep purple in the autumn before falling off for the winter.
Grow Blooming Shrubs Chinese snowball is one of spring's showiest shrubs. White flower clusters 6 to 8 inches across festoon its branches in late spring. The plant gets big—12 to 20 feet tall and wide. Though it looks like a hydrangea, it's actually a viburnum.
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Summersweet With a name like summersweet, you can guess that this shrub's pink or white flowers are fragrant. It's one of the few shrubs that bloom well in shade, although it also will grow in full sun in the north, provided it has adequate moisture. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun to shade and moist soil Size: 3-5 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-9
Drift roses are becoming a favorite with me... as reliable as Knock-out/Double Knock-out! Low growing and spreading LOVE LOVE LOVE Snowdrift Rose