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Flowering Shrubs Color Schemes

The landscape of your garden or yard may be an extension of your home, so why not try some exterior decorating? Flowering shrubs can provide the fundamental color base for your landscape as well as other flowering plants you may have such as perennials or annuals.

Flowering Shrub Color Chart, see below.

Using Contrasting Colors
Strong colors spread sparsely among large areas of softer shades are very effective at drawing attention.

Illusions of Space
Using shrubs to create backgrounds of pink, grey, blue and mauves create a misty effect giving a feeling of depth. Use red in the foreground will emphasize this effect. A red flowering climbing rose works perfectly in the foreground.

Color Scheming
Look at the color chart below. By choosing shrubs from only one of the color groups, you will be able to create a dramatic display of flowering shrubs. Selecting shades of blue or a range of oranges for example. But you don't need to stick to just this color, throw in a few purples or pinks into a blue color scheme for instance, and this will greatly enhance the look of your project area.

Which Shrubs to Use?
Once you have chosen your color scheme, you then need to find the correct shrubs to provide the colors for your scheme. We have put together a flowering shrubs color chart to help you get started below. Reed on for some more tips.
Choosing shrubs with longest flowering periods keep your color scheme lasting longer, and save you lots of work too.
Using green foliage shrubs is always useful, no mater which color scheme you have chosen, as the green foliage will enhance the other plants, and can conceal or divert attention where needed.
You don't need to stick with the green foliage shrubs either, as many foliage shrubs are silver, gold or variegated.

List Of Flowering Shrubs Color Chart

Color Botanical Name Common Name Description
Yellow Lonicera flava
Philadelphus caucasicus
Forsythia × intermedia
Yellow Honeysuckle
Golden Mock Orange
Forsythia
 
 
Spring Flowering Deciduous Shrub - Full Sun
Orange Lonicera ciliosa
Potentilla fruticosa 'Tangerine'
Rhododendron
Orange Honeysuckle
Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Tangerine'
Rhododendron, Azalea
 
Zones 3 - 8
Orange Flowering Rhododendrons and Azaleas
Red Rosa
Rhododendron
Chaenomeles speciosa
Cotinus coggygri 'royal purple'
Lonicera maackii
Red Roses
Rhododendron, Azalea
Red Flowering Quince
Smoke Bush
Red Rum Honeysuckle
Red Flowering Roses
Red Flowering Rhododendrons and Azaleas
Zones 5 - 8
 
Zones 3 - 8
Pink Spiraea fritschiana 'Pink Parasols'
Rosa
Lonicera hispidula
Pink Parasols Spirea
Pink Roses
Pink Honeysuckle
Zones 4 - 10
Pink Flowering Roses
 
Purple Syringa vulgaris
Aubrieta deltoidea
Kolkwitzia amabilis
Lonicera conjugialis
Buddleja davidii
Purple Common Lilac
Lilacbush, Rock Cress
Beauty Bush
Purpleflower Honeysuckle
Purple Butterfly Bush
Zones 3 - 9
Subshrub, ideal for use in rock gardens. Z 4-9
Zones 5 - 9
 
Zones 5 - 9
Blue Salvia azurea
Caryopteris incana 'Sunshine Blue'
Hibiscus syriacus
Hydrangea macrophylla
Sage
Bluebeard Sunshine Blue Spiraea
Rose of Sharon
French Hydrangea
 
Zones 6 - 9
Zones 5 - 9
Zones 6 - 9
Green Artemesia pontica
Cornus alba
Euonymus
Weigela florida 'variegata'
Roman Wormwood
White variegated Dogwood
Burning Bush
Variegated Weigela
 
Zones 3 - 8
Zones 4 - 9
Zones 5 - 8
White Syringa vulgaris alba
Buddleja davidii alba
Lonicera albiflora
Crataegus
Rhododendron
Hydrangea
White Common Lilac
White Butterfly Bush
Western White Honeysuckle
Hawthorn
Rhododendron, Azalea
Hydrangea
Zones 3 - 9
Zones 5 - 9
 
Zones 4 - 9
White Flowering Rhododendrons and Azaleas
White Flowering Hydrangea

 

   

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