Great Summer-Flowering Shrubs

These are a few of the many astounding shrubs can get any gardener through the summer! Come over to see these and more options! 

Bottle Brush
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Bottle brush (Callistemon) has very aptly-named flowers on medium to large shrubs or small specimen trees. It performs well in pots if kept moderately dry in the winter. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Many have survived our recent freezes, proving their hardiness. Come August, hummingbirds will flock to them all over your landscape! The added benefit to that is they will remember where those bottlebrushes were, and keep returning year after year!

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Cape jasmine is an evergreen shrub with intensely fragrant ivory flowers. often grown as a landscape shrub or even a potted plant near a doorway or area frequented by guests. Plant in sun or part shade.

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Abelias, like the kaleidoscope  or twist of lime, are fantastic choices for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Staying fairly small, their leaves turn colors to attract attention and they bloom sweet white flowers!  Plant in full sun or part shade.

Crape Myrtle
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Crape Myrtles are super summer-flowering shrubs or container specimen if a dwarf variety. Plant in full sun, and check out our darker leaf varieties for a new specimen interest!

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America's official Floral Emblem comes in many forms, sizes and flower colors, with some being very disease-resistant as well. Selections can be found to grow in every climate, and many are fragrant to boot! The best selection of roses arrives in early winter. At that time, pick your favorites to enjoy through the seasons into summer!

'Anthony Waterer' Spiraea
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'Anthony Waterer' spirea has masses of dark pink to crimson red flower. Plant in full sun or part shade.

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Chaste trees flower heavily in the summer and are super attractive to bees. The shrub is very drought-tolerant. Enjoy new arrivals like the Pink Pinnacle or Blue Puffball, or old favorites like the Delta Blues or Shoal Creek. Plant in full sun.

Angel Trumpet
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Brugmansia is a summer-blooming shrub for us in South Louisiana. With blooms truly show-stopping in white/purple or yellow, you’d think these really are the trumpets of the angels.

Rose of Sharon/Althea
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Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) flowers resemble a rose-like hibiscus and are available in sweet shades such as light pink, white, light purple, and even a more vibrant purple. Plant in full sun or part shade.

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Yuccas flower in the spring and summer with edible flowers. These strappy-foliage plants look great in rock gardens or areas with succulents or agave. Plant in full sun.

Pineapple Guava
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Pineapple guava has incredibly exotic flowers that are perfectly edible. Plant in sun.

Magnolia 'Little Gem'
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Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ is a compact shrub with super glossy evergreen leaves and highly-fragrant, small white flowers that appear from spring to fall—the longest blooming magnolia! Plant in full sun to part shade.

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With their cotton candy-colored blooms and ability to take the shade, hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful summer-flowering shrubs. Flowers of hydrangea macrophylla can be pink, blue or in-between depending on the acidity of the soil—a lower pH yields deeper blue flowers; higher pH in alkaline soils results in pink flowers. We have the right products to do the trick on your soil if you want to play the color changing game!

Oakleaf Hydrangea
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Oakleaf hydrangea is a woodland native whose flower bracts remain well into winter. Plant in part sun to shade.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
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Brunfelsia pauciflora is an old "passalong plant" whose flowers fade from purple to white, giving its common name. It flowers best in full sun, but thrives in hot summers if kept in light shade.

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Oleander is a multiple-stemmed shrub for which dwarf forms are available, some with variegated leaves. It thrives on neglect and drought. Note: All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous if ingested. Plant in full sun.