flowering bushes - Knowledgebase Question

cincinnati, Oh
Question by rolandafurr
May 9, 2010
I need a suggestions of a colorful flowering bush that can take full sun and is easy to care for that is not too big


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Answer from NGA
May 9, 2010

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Here are a few suggestions: Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry); Beautyberry bears metallic-looking, purple berries September-October. Clusters of small flowers are present in July and August. Especially attractive in fall with lime-green leaves and purple berries. Grows 3'-4'. Recommended cultivars include ?Issai? and ?Early Amethyst?. Full sun and a light, rich, well-drained soil is preferred. Pruning is done in late winter; can be cut to the ground.

Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth leaf Hydrangea); Small but upright plant bears large balls of white flowers in July. Recommended cultivars include ?Grandiflora? and
?Annabelle?. Requires lots of water in hot, dry summers. Stems can be pruned to the ground in late winter if winterkilled. Grows in full sun or light shade.

Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire); Sweetspire has the double benefit of fragrant,
summer flowers and dazzling, red foliage autumn color. Fragrant flowers are 1/3"-1/2" and cover the shrub abundantly. Recommended cultivars include ?Saturnalia?,
?Little Henry? (3' and compact), ?Henry?s Garnet? and 'Merlot' both grow 3-4' tall and wide. Flowers on old wood; prune after flowering in June.

Viburnum opulus ?Compactum? (Dwarf European Cranberrybush Viburnum); Forms a rounded mound. The glossy, dark green leaves turn yellow-red to reddish-purple in autumn. Showy white flowers in May; fruits in September. This plant is very adaptable to a variety of soils and grows in full sun to light shade. 4' in height,
compact. 4-season interest.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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