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What are some popular flowering hedge plants?

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Some popular flowering hedges include dwarf crape myrtle, viburnum, lilac and butterfly bush. These hedge shrubs are compact, perennial and feature blooms in a variety of colors.

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Dwarf crape myrtle, genus Lagerstroemia, is hardy in zones five through nine in well-drained soil with full sun. The foliage dies off in the winter in the cooler zones but returns the following spring. Filli and Dazzle cultivars stay compact and grow up to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Viburnum comes in a variety of cultivars that grow to difference sizes, from Roseum, which grows up to 10 feet tall, to Nanum, which stays under 3 feet. Springtime blooms can be white or pink, and some varieties produce red or black berries. Viburnum grows in a wide range of climates, from zone two to zone nine, and thrives in partial shade to full sun.

Lilac’s fragrant blossoms come in a variety of colors, including purple, white, pink and mauve. Lilacs can grow up to 30 feet tall, but smaller varieties, such as Dwarf Korean, Miss Kim and George Eastman, are appropriate for hedges. Lilacs bloom from mid to late spring and are hardy in zones two through nine.

Butterfly bushes also bloom in a variety of colors, such as purple, pink and white. The lightly perfumed blossoms are popular with butterflies and hummingbirds, and compact varieties, such as Blue Chip, can provide hedges in zones five through nine.

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