Some popular flowering bushes include rosebushes, lilacs, azaleas and butterfly bushes. Roses have been grown since antiquity and are popular for the beauty and fragrance of their blossoms. Their petals and fruit, or hips, can be eaten, and they are also used in perfumery and medicine.
Lilacs are also grown for their beauty and fragrance. The most recognized color is a soft purple, but lilacs can also be pink, white or yellow. Lilacs grow in full sun and need rich, well-drained soil. Mulch should be applied around the roots to keep down weeds and retain some water. They need to be pruned to help them keep their shape and their health.
Along with their relative rhododendrons, azaleas are some of the most popular bushes in the southern United States. They are prized for the spectacular show of flowers that arrive in the spring. These flowering bushes prefer partial sunlight and are notorious for their need for acidic soil that is kept moist but not wet. They need some fertilizer after the blossoms drop in spring, but they should not be fertilized in the fall.
Butterfly bush is popular because of the beauty of its flowers and its ability to attract butterflies, which gives it its name. It grows between 6 and 10 feet tall and has an arching habit. A hardy plant, it is not fussy about soil as long as it's not too wet.