Clematis has a shrubby side, where stems grow upright instead of twining and vining. ‘Stand By Me’ clematis features a shrub form that doesn’t need a trellis, although it may benefit from a little support. The blue blooms dangle like bells, opening from late spring through midsummer. Flowers fade to form fuzzy seedheads that are eye-catching and fun. Plants grow 34 to 38 inches tall by 24 to 28 inches wide. Cut stems back in early spring to 6 inches tall. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
With flowering bushes and overgrown plants obscuring the road from view, this two-story shingled home almost seems as though it belongs to another world. At night, a single black lantern offers a guiding light back to the main house.
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.
Stone pavers with grass create the courtyard floor underneath black cast iron patio furniture. With flowering shrubs and privacy trees all around, this courtyard is a quiet, beautiful place to enjoy nature uninterrupted.
This well-manicured backyard also includes two border gardens, each filled with flowers, shrubs and trees. A wood post fence lines the perimeter of the yard, complete with an arch above the entrance gate.
Should they need a break from their day-to-day, the owners can follow the travertine walkway to this side garden. Here, trimmed hedges, flowering bushes and native plants create an idyllic spot for reflection.
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.