Give your shady spots some sparkle with the endless flowers of white browallia. Also known as bush violet, this tropical bloomer thrives in heat. Pinch plants when young to increase branching—and flower numbers. Once browallia starts blooming, there’s no need to remove spent blossoms to keep the flower show going strong. Bush violet grows best in full shade; avoid giving plants full sun. Look for varieties with purple flowers. Plants grow 12 to 16 inches tall and 10 to 14 inches wide.
The soft planting palette used in this garden is composed primarily of pink, white yellow and blue flowering shrubs. The designer avoided oranges and reds in order for the palette to complement the natural shingles of the home, creating a cohesive design. Here, flowering shrubs like roses and other annuals and perennials ensure the garden is in bloom from March until late fall.
When the temperatures change, so do the colors of '‘Sweet Mademoiselle’. In hot weather, the flowers are light apricot; when it’s cooler, they become peachy-pink to deep pink. The full, double blooms are sweetly scented, held on 5-foot shrubs with dark green foliage. This hybrid tea blooms from summer to fall.
As soon as they step through those double doors, the owners leave the desert behind and enter a gorgeous European garden. With blooming perennials and bushes all along the side of the house, they'll have no problem stopping to smell the roses.
Manicured shrubs pair with vibrant, fuchsia blooms to frame a charming, English-inspired manor in Auckland, New Zealand. The home features a brick chimney and a black front door, both of which offer exceptional contrast to the white siding exterior.
Why we love it: Butterfly bush is a winner in any color with its nectar-rich blooms that bedazzle butterflies. ‘Miss Ruby’ takes the game to a whole new level with her deep pink flowers. Butterfly bush is low maintenance and easy growing. In regions with freezing winters, prune in spring, cutting back to 6 to 12 inches tall.
Sweet-scented, dark pink blooms stand out against this winter daphne’s variegated leaves. The flowers open from late winter to early spring on shrubs that reach 3 to 4 feet tall. This variety, ‘Maejima’, has good deer resistance.
Why we love it: If you only have room for one summer flowering shrub, choose this one. The flower spikes release a sweet fragrance and butterflies, hummingbirds and other insects mob the blooms. Leaves turn gold hues in fall.
English Rose 'The Pilgrim' Climbing.
Color: soft pure yellow.
Flower type: double/full bloom.
Fragrance: fine fragrance, a perfect balance of tea & myrrh.
Repeat blooming: excellent.
Climbing height: up to 8 ft.
Shrub size: 4 1/2 ft tall by 3 ft wide.
One of the most beautiful English Climbing Roses, producing nicely-shaped medium-large flowers.
RHS "Award of Garden Merit"
(David Austin 1987, Auswalker).
Panicle hydrangeas bloom in early summer, starting out white, then transitioning to pink and purplish pink in early fall. The species is a coarse, open shrub with an unkempt appearance, but selections like 'Limelight' have great form, especially in containers.
English Rose 'Crown Princess Margareta' Climbing
Color: apricot orange
Fragrance: strong fruity perfume of the tea rose type
Repeat bloom: excellent
Climbing height: 9 ft to 11 ft,
Shrub size 5 ft tall x 4 1/2 ft wide
Design Tip: English Rose climbers are perfect for small arches. They are not overly rambunctious. English Roses flower from the ground up for blooms head to toe.
New for Spring 2017: 'The Ancient Mariner', a tall repeat-blooming English Rose from David Austin Roses. For gardeners, it's a perfect choice for the middle or back of a border or use as a larger landscape shrub rose. Its big, many-petalled flowers have a strong myrrh fragrance. 'The Ancient Mariner' is covered with blooms from late spring through frost. After bloom, the spent petals fall cleanly away. Available in the U.S. and Canada as bare root stock from 800-328-8893 or DavidAustinRoses.com.
Try ‘Winchester Cathedral’ in mixed borders. This shrub blooms unusually early in the growing season, forming double white flowers brushed with buff-pink in the centers. In warm weather, the old rose fragrance becomes stronger, perfuming the air with the scent of honey and almond blossoms.
'Golden Celebration' is one of the most fragrant English Roses. It's known for magnificent blooms perfumed by a strongTea Rose fragrance that evolves to a wonderful fruity scent with hints of citrus or lychee. Details: exceptionally large cupped flowers that are beautifully-formed and full-petaled; rich golden-yellow color; nicely rounded shrub with slightly arching stems; quick to repeat bloom; particularly good winter hardiness. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 1992, Ausgold).
In late winter, this evergreen shrub or small tree, Pewter Pillar® Winter’s Bark ( Drimys winteri var. chiloense), opens clusters of lovely white blooms followed by small fruits. The glossy leaves have silvery-white backs. The plants are hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10.
Hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, Abutilon x hybridum 'Rosea', also called pink flowering maple, is a shrub with graceful, drooping stems. Its pink blooms open in spring and summer, while the foliage stays evergreen in mild winter climates. It's lovely in hanging baskets or other containers.
Spike winterhazel (Corylopsis spicata) opens its fragrant, primrose-yellow blooms from late winter to early spring. Try these deciduous shrubs in a woodland setting; they prefer partial to full sun. While they need regular watering, you may need to water more than once a week after the weather heats up.
This shrub is worth a second look. Fragrant purple blooms cover the plant from early summer through early fall. Pollinators flock to the flowers, bringing another layer of interest to plantings. This chaste tree grows a neat 3 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 6-9. Botanical name: Vitex agnus-castus