Astilbe: a shade-loving plant. Perfect for Zone 5 planting. – Would be great in the shadier areas of the back yard

Astilbe: a shade-loving plant. Perfect for Zone 5 planting. – Would be great in the shadier areas of the back yard

Golden Smoke Bush I like the idea of mixing the golden and purple smoke bushes

Golden Smoke Bush I like the idea of mixing the golden and purple smoke bushes

Goldenrod/Provides nourishment for Monarch Butterflies to sustain them as they fly South to Mexico during Fall migration.

Goldenrod/Provides nourishment for Monarch Butterflies to sustain them as they fly South to Mexico during Fall migration.

Tinkerbelle Lilac Grow this great little lilac as a shrub or small tree! No matter how you train it, youll love the spicy-scent of its bright pink flowers (which emerge from wine-red buds, creating a two-toned effect) in late spring. And best of all, you dont need to worry about it getting too big -- Tinkerbelle only grows 5 feet tall.

Tinkerbelle Lilac Grow this great little lilac as a shrub or small tree! No matter how you train it, youll love the spicy-scent of its bright pink flowers (which emerge from wine-red buds, creating a two-toned effect) in late spring. And best of all, you dont need to worry about it getting too big -- Tinkerbelle only grows 5 feet tall.

Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria). I love this colour variant. (Sw. Perukbuske)

Best Plants for Fall Color

Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria). I love this colour variant. (Sw. Perukbuske)

Clove-Scented Currant (Ribes odoratum) Zones 3 to 8  Medium upright shrub. Clove scented, butter yellow flowers in the spring and deep red leaves in the fall. This shrub also produces edible black fruit in summer.

Clove-Scented Currant (Ribes odoratum) Zones 3 to 8 Medium upright shrub. Clove scented, butter yellow flowers in the spring and deep red leaves in the fall. This shrub also produces edible black fruit in summer.

Hebe 'Silver Queen' - Landscapers' Picks: The 10 Best Shrubs for Pots on HGTV

Landscapers' Picks: The 10 Best Shrubs for Pots

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