Flowering shrubs are woody ornamentals that do not die back to the ground at the end of each growing season. Their low growing, upright, weeping, single or multistemmed forms are aesthetically pleasing as ground covers, accents, specimens, hedges, screens or small trees. Many provide fragrance, cut flowers and wildlife attraction.
Practical benefits include wind and sun protection, barriers for noise and traffic sound reduction, formal and informal architecture, as well as privacy.
Spring flowering varieties provide a major burst of color; followed by warm weather bloomers throughout summer. Other varieties bloom in fall, while some bear spectacular fruits and bright fall foliage. Even when bare of leaves, their woody stems and attractive winter bark and branch structure provide form and shape in the landscape.