The Q&A Archives: Carefree Flowering Bushes

Question: I'm just a beginner and I am looking for a small flowering bush that will bloom for most of the season. It has to be very low maintenance and require almost direct sunlight. My thumb isn't very green, so can you help me find a plant that I can't kill very easily. C. Sutton Thurmont, MD

Answer: So many shrubs are spring bloomers--azaleas, rhododendrons, quince--and it is a challenge to find a summer-long bloomer. Sweet pepperbush is one--its fragrant white flowers bloom mid-summer. It grows to a height of 4 to 5 feet, and is quite hardy and carefree, though it needs a moist soil. Rugosa rose it a hardy shrub rose, growing to a height of 5 or 6 feet. It, too, is quite carefree. Others to consider are Japanese beauty-berry, dwarf bush honeysuckle, hydrangea arborescens (hills-of-snow), French hydrangea.

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