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Spring blooming shrubs - for color

Posted by nancedar z7 NCWakeForest (My Page) on
Sun, May 18, 08 at 7:11

I had to laugh this spring when I noticed my most visible flower bed (that I see from my kitchen) had only white blooming spring flowers!

Spirea, Viburnums, Cotoneaster, white Redbud, Mock Orange, and an Azalea, along with the Jonquils. These were plopped in small and now make a major statement - White. Way too much white. Any suggestions for shrubs that bloom in color when these do would be welcomed. Prior to their blooming I have forsythia and daffodils. After their blooming I have some Iris and Tradescantia, but then just green unless I put in some annuals - which I'd rather not. I need help on this one, friends.

Oh yeah, it is a deer path so I have to be careful not to make a salad bar for them.

Nancy the nancedar

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RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

Abelia, Anthony Waterer Spirea, Loropetalum-dwarf, Quince are just a few I can think of at this time of day.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

Lantana, butterfly bush, rose of sharon, roses, salvias, vitex, camellias are a few.

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

Other colored azaleas?

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

I was thinking possibly Florida azalea and Weigela. I'm Spring bloom challenged myself. Do the red and yellow buckeyes bloom then?

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

My first thought was native azaleas, although deer will browse those. I have a deer resistant list somewhere in one of my notebooks.

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

I have a friend who has deer come right up to her house and eat nearly everything. She has been using milorganite with great success.

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

Not sure how deer resistant they are but I love the flame azaleas that are blooming now in the mountains!!

Here are a few suggestions - not all are deer proof, but deer resistant.

*Rockrose - likes good drainage and is blooming now
*Barberry - color and berries
*Caryopteris - Blue Mist Shrub
*Russian Sage - silver and blue
*Caryopteris divaricata ''Snow Fairy,
*Beautyberry - purple or white berries
*Chastetree/vitex - - you can cut it back to keep it in shrub form
*Lindera/Spicebush -
*Summersweet/Clethra alnifolia - pink or white
*Spirea - summer blooming types
*Camellias - fall and spring bloomers

Not sure about the deer resistance of these.
Winter bloomers
Winterhazel - Corylopsis spicata

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

Baptisia, although they will probably bloom after the first plants that you listed.
Strawberry foxglove
Penstemon -- blooms with and after Baptisia

RE: Spring blooming shrubs - for color

Jessamine blooms at that time -- deer won't eat it. I don't know about beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis) and Weigela.

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