Melinda's Beginner's Guide: Add Spring-Blooming Shrubs - Pasquesi Home and Gardens
Melinda's Beginners Guide: Add Spring-Blooming Shrubs

Melinda’s Beginner’s Guide: Add Spring-Blooming Shrubs

Start the season off with a burst of color by adding some reliable easy-care, spring flowering shrubs. Grow them in containers, add them to mixed borders or create new planting beds for added spring color.

Melinda shows off a few spring-flowering shrubs available at Pasquesi now…

These spring flowering plants come in a variety of sizes making it easy to include them in both small and large landscapes. Look for those that complement the color of your house, existing landscape and spring flowering bulbs and perennials.

Plant several different spring flowering shrubs with slightly different bloom times to create continuous color throughout the spring. Extend the color in your gardens and borders with summer and fall blooming annuals and perennials.

Use taller forsythias, lilacs and viburnums at the back of the border. Their flowers will light up the landscape and once the flowers fade the greenery provides a nice backdrop for the other plants in the garden bed.

Extend your enjoyment of lilac flowers and their fragrance with Bloomerang lilacs. They flower in spring, take a rest and produce additional flowers later in summer and into fall.  A bit of deadheading, removing the first flush of flowers as they fade, increases the number of later blossoms. Just be careful not to remove any flower buds that have begun forming.

Include shrubs like fothergilla, popcorn viburnum and vernal witch hazel in locations where their multiple seasons of beauty can be enjoyed. All three of these spring bloomers have attractive fall color ending the growing season in a blaze of color.

Grow fragrant Korean Spice viburnums near the patio or deck where you can enjoy the lovely fragrance and fall color. The attractive summer foliage turns wine-red in fall.

Don’t let shade stop you from adding spring color to your gardens. Azaleas and rhododendron thrive with afternoon or dappled shade. Grow them in moist, rich, acidic soil in a sheltered location for best results.  Make sure you have a good view to enjoy the blossoms and hummingbirds they attract.

Pieris produces lovely sprays of white flowers and prefers part sun to shady locations.  The repeat blooming big leaf Nantucket hydrangea prefers afternoon or dappled shade as well. Just prune off dead branches, wait for new growth and flowers.  Keep the soil moist not soggy wet and fertilize in spring to encourage more blooms.

Plant a few compact varieties in containers for added color on patios and decks. Add seasonal color with annuals, pansies or other cool weather tolerant flowers for spring and fall. Replace the spring annuals with petunias, lantana or other suitable heat tolerant flowers for summer.

Don’t forget to include some boxwoods for year round greenery. The leaves provide a nice backdrop for the spring blooms. The NewGen freedom and Independence boxwood varieties are more resistant to boxwood blight and other diseases will increase your gardening success and satisfaction.

Take a walk through your landscape and identify areas that would benefit from some additional spring color. Then stop by Pasquesi to select the right plant suited to the growing conditions that complements your garden design. You’ll enjoy these colorful additions for years to come.


We offer a chance for those who couldn’t attend Melinda’s ‘Spring Flowering Shrub’ webinar sponsored by Pasquesi. Click here to learn more about these low maintenance shrubs.


Scroll to Top