My favorite time of year is spring. Especially when we have a spring like this one! Warm winter followed by warm spring means plenty of blooming flowers in April. By May we enjoy a true symphony of color! I’d like to share of few of our favorites with you.
Spring Flowering Bushes You’ll Love
The bushes I’m showcasing for you are all reliable, easy care and gorgeous! If you are looking for some spring color and need some bushes to fill your yard; one or all of these may work great for you! We live in U.S.D.A Ag Zone 8. We are a wet, temperate zone. If you live in a different AG Zone, you may need to look up the zone hardiness for these plants. All of them have withstood strong N.E. Winds and temperatures down to zero. Wind chill brings it even lower occasionally. We have rather mild summers here. Mid 70s is our average. So if you’re really hot or really cold, look these flowering bushes up and see if you can grow them.
Our peonies were a gift, over time, from my mom. She had a professional gardener friend that came up with orphaned peonies and lots of other trees and plants, that needed re-homing once in a while. She dutifully drove them up here from Seattle, where she lived then, and we found them a place in our yard. Now we have two colors of tree peony and oodles of red and pink bush peony. We love them! Gorgeous bushes!
The tree peonies are a very early spring bloomer
We look forward to their enormous blooms and cheerful display in April. Peonies love it here! I highly recommend them if they grow in your zone. Peonies come in many varieties and colors. All of them grow from rhizomes. Peonies transplant easily. They even transplant themselves. Many of the peonies we have, volunteered as starts from the mother plants. We just dig them up and find them a home!
Peonies are heavy feeders. For the best blooms and plant health, Alaska Fish Fertilizer works wonders! I hope you plant this wonderful spring bush. Pollinators love them! Pictured above is a bush peony in red. Unlike the tree Peony, this one grows low to the ground as a bush every year. In winter it dies back to ground level. We know it’s spring when we see these starting up from the ground!
We have lilacs all around our shop and home. They grow so easily and send up new shoots every year! Fortunately we have a lot of room to plant them. They make such a welcome splash of color in the yard! We have the two colors you see here. There are others. someday, I want to plant a white one! What a beautiful contrast that would make!
Like the peony; Lilacs have tree varieties and bushy types.
This light-colored lilac is the bushy variety. It gets big but stays in a well-shaped bush. My darker Lilac is a tree form. It will grow up to 15 feet tall. The tree form will eventually get kind of awkward and leggy and break branches off in huge windstorms from its own weight. No worries! Lilacs are incredibly prolific. Many new shoots will grow up to replace any broken branches. To keep the tree form under control; an occasional pruning of branches is all that’s necessary.
Lilacs are one of the toughest bushes we have ever grown! I have transplanted lilacs so many times at the worst time of year, in horrible conditions, to bad soil. They shake it off and keep on growing! My Grandma Cash gave us starts from her lilac 20 or so years ago. Now we have LOTS of lilacs. Love them all!
The only care a lilac needs, except a shot of fertilizer very occasionally, is to be cut back so they don’t get too leggy. For a well-shaped bush, prune them. They can get enormous, if not divided occasionally.
Another gift from Grandma! This Chinese Wisteria is a show stopper every spring. It blooms for several weeks. The bees are all over that vine on warm days. And it smells really nice too! The only challenge with a Wisteria of this kind is; It Gets HUGE! These vines can grow 90 feet long! In all directions!
Wisteria sends out new shoots and runs new vines out from them. So they can cover a lot of ground. The one you see here, fortunately, is running along a fence surrounded by grassy yard. So I just mow the new starts down to keep the vine under control.
This invasive vine needs trimming back every year to maintain a friendly status in your yard. It grows up onto our shop, into the grapevines and all through the bushes and trees. And it’s strong! We used to have an apple tree growing by it. The Wisteria got into that tree, wrapped it up so tight in vines that it actually pulled the apple tree over. The tree had a permanent lean. Eventually the poor apple tree fell over in the wind.
Watch your wisteria vine. If you have the room, they are spring flowering bushes you’ll love!
You will also love Forsythias, Pieris and viburnums for spring flowering bushes that produce early spring color year after year with little trouble. I have them all and they are fantastic early bloomers. They just are not blooming right now.
Rhododendrons are native to our area. In the wild, they live in forests, in the understory. Rhody’s come in all colors and sizes and thousands of hybrid varieties.
Rhododendrons do require deadheading the spent blooms. This helps the plant look better and have better blooms the following year. If you can grow Rhodies, I highly recommend you do. They make excellent privacy hedges too. These thick evergreen bushes are good for adding definition and structure to your landscaping. And once a year they are amazing in full bloom. Some get 12 or more feet high!
We love our spring bulbs too! Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, Iris all live here and bloom their hearts out in April. Today I focused on a few of our favorite spring-flowering bushes that you’ll love. I hope your yard is giving you joy!
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