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Spring Flowering Shrubs

After a deceptively mild December, winter showed up with a vengeance in January. Freezing cold, plenty of snow, and some ice mixed in for good measure. February brought more of the same. When you’re not thinking about how much you don’t want to shovel yet again you’re likely thinking about the promise of spring. You know what that means: a trip to the garden center.

Contributors: Jane Beggs-Joles


An old-timey plant that has been reinvented for modern gardens. Ordinarily, we’re used to azaleas making a big, fleeting show in the springtime and disappearing for the rest of the season. But now we have the Perfecto Mundo series! A whole group of brightly colored, reliably reblooming new garden plants.




You want spring flowers. A plant that will stay small without pruning would be nice, too. And even if you don’t want to think about it now, you would like something interesting to look at this fall. Check out the Low Scape series, plants that truly do it all. You’re welcome.




It’s not really spring until the forsythia bloom. If you’re going to have a one-hit wonder in your yard (and after this January you deserve some forsythia cheer) do it right. Show Off® has the best bloom display of any forsythia on the market. Available in regular, portion-control and bite sized versions.




This fragrant garden favorite has gotten an upgrade with the Illuminati series. What used to be papery, nondescript foliage is now thick and luxurious. This foliage makes a great backdrop to the bright white spring flowers, and whichever plant you choose will display them in a new and quirky way.




Yet another traditional herald of spring. The candy-colored flowers are just what we need after a grey winter. Double Take quinces have huge, doubled flowers for extra impact and are thornless. That makes them especially good for those of us who can’t wait for warm weather and want to cut some for forcing indoors.




There are viburnums with spring flowers, or summer flowers, or fall color. But right now I’m talking about a viburnum that does it all. Steady Eddy doublefile viburnum is hard to resist. I deserve this plant, and so do you.



You can find out more about these and other spring stars by using our advanced search feature. Get that wish list together and ask your favorite garden center to order those plants for you. Because if you wait until spring, well, you know what nurseries are like in spring. Call them now, while they’re snowed in!


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