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From the garden of Beth DiGioia, Garden Coach at L3H2, Inc.

Even though we don’t have long winters, they are still dreary.  Spring flowering shrubs signal the end of winter and bring fragrance, blooms and pollinators into the garden.

‘Anthony Waterer’ Spirea (Spiraea X bumaldi ‘Anthony Waterer’). 2-3’ t x 3-4’ w.  Deciduous.  Full sun-part sun.  Blooms magenta pink.  Red-orange fall foliage. Grow in groups or as a low hedge.  Attracts butterflies.

Eastern Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’).  10’ t x 8’ w.  Deciduous.  Full sun-part sun.  Blooms white.  Purple-red fall foliage.  Grow as a specimen, a background plant, or train as a small accent tree.

‘Pee Wee’ Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’). 3-4’ t x 3-4’ w.  Deciduous.  Part sun-part shade.  Blooms white.  Grow in groups or as a specimen.

‘Nikko’ Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’).  2’ t x 4’ w.  Deciduous.  Full sun-part sun.  Blooms white.  Burgundy fall foliage.  Grow in groups or as a specimen or.

‘Dwarf Snowflake’ Mock Orange (Philadelphius X virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’). 3-4’ t x 3-4’ w.  Deciduous.  Full sun-part sun.  Blooms white. Grow as a specimen.  Fragrant flowers.

Japanese Rose (Kerria japonica).  6-8’ t x 8’ w.  Deciduous.  Part shade-full shade.  Blooms yellow-orange.  Grow as an informal hedge or spilling over a wall.

‘Rose Creek’ Abelia (Abelia X ‘Rose Creek’).  2-3’ t x 3-4’ w.  Evergreen.  Full sun-part shade.  Blooms white.  Grow in groups, as a foundation plant or low hedge.  Flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

For more information on spring blooming shrubs, read an expanded version of this article on my blog.

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