Some common shrubs include forsythias, lilacs and rose of sharons. Forsythia bushes, or Forsythia x intermedia, are deciduous shrubs that produce bright yellow flowers in early spring. They are available in a variety of sizes, from the Meadowlark cultivar, which grows up to 10 feet, to the Sunrise variety, which stays between 4 and 6 feet in height.Continue Reading
Forsythia bushes prefer full sun and require little watering once the plants establish themselves. Pruning the branches after the spring blossoms fade keeps the plants compact.
Lilacs, or Syringa vulgaris, produce clusters of flowers in whites, blues and lavenders. The plant is winter hardy in zones three through seven and can reach mature heights ranging from 6 to 20 feet, depending on the cultivar. Planting lilacs in full sun in neutral soil provides the best results. Removing any dead flowers once they fade promotes more blooms.
Rose of sharons, or Hibiscus syriacus, are hardy, low-maintenance plants in most growing zones in the United States. They produce large single or double blooms in a variety of shades, including white, purple, pink and red. The plant grows well in full sun to part shade, reaching mature heights up to 9 to 12 feet. They tolerate a variety of conditions as long as the soil is not extremely wet or dry.Learn more about Trees & Bushes