The Q&A Archives: Shrubs

Question: I am looking for a flowering, low maintenance shrub to plant in kentucky. Can you make suggestion on what would be some good ideas? Thank you for your time, Jill

Answer: There are a number of shrubs for you to consider. Here are a few of the best:
Mohawk Viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'). A 1993 Gold Medal Plant Award Winner, Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk' is loaded with clusters of ornamental dark red flower buds for several weeks before opening in mid to late April to exhibit its showy blossoms and strong, spicy scent. A display of beautiful flowers that last for weeks.

Mohawk Viburnum leaves turn a brilliant orange-red in autumn. Excellent for use as a specimen plant, as a shrub border or planted near any area where the spicy clove-like fragrance can be fully appreciated. This deciduous shrub with spreading branches matures at approximately 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Although the 'Mohawk' grows well in many exposures and soils, it prefers full sun to light shade. Disease resistant cultivar.

Variegated Weigela (Weigela florida 'Variegata'). A spectacular achievement in plants, the Variegated Weigela has very pronounced variegated leaves which make this shrub a star, in and of itself. But the magic begins when this colorful shrub comes into bloom. Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds alike, the funnel-like white and pink flowers bloom profusely for weeks on end in Spring. Reblooms sparingly later in the summer season.

Variegated Weigela grows to a height of 4 - 6 feet, with an equal spread. The general form of Weigela florida 'Variegata' is compact with a weeping habit. A wonderful shrub that requires very little annual care. Planted 4 - 5 feet apart in rows, multiple plants make a rather magnificent dividing hedge.

Goldflame Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Goldflame'). Offering three seasons of color, Goldflame Spirea will dazzle you with magnificent shows of it's vibrant foliage. The dense, colorful foliage shrouds the compact, mounded shape of the shrub making for an all-around easy to control plant. A notable flush of pink flowers bloom in early summer. Goldflame Spirea will outshine many more well-known shrubs in your garden border.

Goldflame Spirea grows to a height of 2 - 3 feet, with an equal spread. The general form of Spirea 'Goldflame' is low-growing with a slight mounded shape. This shrub will thrive in almost any garden soil and requires very little yearly maintenance. 'Goldflame' is rarely bothered by insects or pests.

Virginia Sweetspire (Itea Virginica). From its frilly white fragrant flowers to its ornamental reddish-maroon autumn foliage, Virginia Sweetspire deserves any special mention it receives. Butterflies are also delighted when they find Virginia Sweetspire in bloom.

Virginia Sweetspire grows to a height of 5-10 feet, and a width of approximately 5-6 feet. Mature shape is upright and arching. Requires a well-drained soil and is very rarely bothered by pests or disease.

Hope these suggestions are helpful!

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