Long Flowering Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, AL
Question by jsnyder613
November 23, 1997
I'm looking for suggestions for shrubs that will bloom most of the summer. Ideally they would be evergreen, but that's not absolutely necessary. We are on the border of zone 7 and 8 and not quite far enough south for Oleander or Lantana to grow well. Crepe Myrtle's OK, but we already have a lot of that. Again, the goal is something that will put out flowers prolifically over an extended period to enhance the background of a swimming pool area.


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Answer from NGA
November 23, 1997

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Try one or more of these: 1.) Spiraea japonica 'Shibori' also known as 'Shirobana'. Grows 2-3' tall, blooms appear on weeping branches summer through fall. Blooms are varied shades of white, pink, and red. Prefers full sun. 2.) Lespedeza thunbergii 'Gibraltar'. Blooms mid-summer to fall. Rosy purple blooms on cascading branches. Grows 4 1/2' tall. Prefers full sun, good drainage. 3.) Mahonia aquilfolium, also known as Oregon Holly-grape. Evergreen shrub with leaves that turn bronze-red in the fall. Cluster of bright yellow flowers in spring followed by attractive blue fruit in the summer. Prefers a northern exposure or partial shade. Let us know if you need plant sources.

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