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Flowering shrubs provide colour and structure and can be used as ground-covers, hedge plants or eye-catching focal points. You can fill your garden with ornamental shrubs that bloom from early spring through late fall and even into winter. Many flowering shrubs also perfume the air with their own signature fragrance.

In botany and ecology, a shrub is more specifically used to describe the particular physical structural or plant life-form of woody plants which are less than 8 metres (26 ft) high and usually have many stems arising at or near the base.[clarification needed] For example, a descriptive system widely adopted in Australia is based on structural characteristics based on life-form, plus the height and amount of foliage cover of the tallest layer or dominant species.

The most popular flowering shrubs are:

  • Roses
  • Hydrangeas
  • Rhododendrons
  • Roses of Sharon
  • Butterfly bushes
  • Camellias
  • Forsythias
  • Viburnums
  • Lilacs
  • Weigelas
  • Spiraeas
  • Abelias
  • Cinquefoils
  • Summersweets
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