|what are the best bushes for my region and zones?
northen & central midwest
hardiness zone 3-6
heat zone 3-8
|Kansas State Univeristy Extension Service has a list of the best performing shrubs for your gardening region. The list includes: Large Deciduous Shrubs (over 8?)
Autumn Olive, Beauty Bush, Border Privet, Chokecherry, Common Buckthorn, Elderberry, Lilac, Mountain Ninebark, Peking Cotoneaster, Rose of Sharon ,
Rough-leafed Dogwood, Siberian Pea Shrub, Silver Buffaloberry, Staghorm Sumac, Tamarisk, Wahoo Enonymus, Western Sandcherry, Winter Honeysuckle.
Medium Deciduous Shrubs (4 to 8?):
Butterfly Bush, Cherry Prinsepia, Dwarf Ninebark, Flowering Quince, Forsythia,
Fragrant Sumac, Japanese Barberry, Korean Lilac, Mentor Barberry, Mockorange, .
Serviceberry, Shining Sumac, Spirea, Spreading Cotoneaster, Tartarian Honeysuckle,
Three Leaf Sumac.
Small Deciduous Shrubs (under 4?): Alpine Currant, Bluemist Spirea, Common Bladder Senna, Common Sea Buckthorn, Coralberry, False Indigo, Golden Current, Golden St. Johnswort, Gooseberry, Hardy Potentilla, Leadplant, New Jersey Tea, Prairie Rose,
Pygmy Pea Shrub, Russian Sage.
Small Evergreen Shrubs: Compact Mahonia, Compact Mugho Pine, Junipers and Soapweed Yucca.
Hope you find this list helpful.