The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs (Pt. 2)

Part 2 in the series of 2

Shrub Rose

Not all roses are finicky, high-maintenance plants. Modern shrub roses offer beautiful blooms all summer and autumn on disease-resistant, easy-growing plants. Flower color differs by variety, but you’ll most commonly see shrub roses in shades of pink, red, white, and yellow. Tip: Even modern shrub roses have thorns, so plant them away from sidewalks and pathways.

Name: Rose varieties      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 6 feet tall and wide, depending on type     Zones: 3-9, depending on type

Smoke Bush

Smoke Bush
Smoke bush creates a dramatic shot of color in the landscape, but not because of its pink plumes in summer. It’s the foliage that’s really spectacular: Most common types have dark purple leaves that erupt into colorful shades of yellow, orange, and red in fall.

Name: Cotinus coggygria     Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 12 feet tall     Zones: 5-8

Spirea

There’s a good reason spirea is a common sight in city plantings, at restaurants and even gas stations: It’s a no-brainer to grow. And spirea is beautiful; in midsummer, it produces clusters of raspberry-rose flowers. Many varieties, such as ‘Goldmound’, also offer attractive golden or lime-green foliage.

Name: Spiraea japonica     Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 4 feet tall     Zones: 4-9

Summersweet

Summersweet
We like summersweet because it blooms in shady spots. We also love that its pink or white flowers have a wonderful fragrance. Add its golden fall leaf color and you have an ideal shrub. Note: Look for cultivars, such as ‘Ruby Spice’, that offer an extra-long bloom season.

Name: Clethra alnifolia     Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist soil

Size: To 5 feet tall     Zones: 3-9

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