Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Why fence with rust-prone metal, rot-ready wood, or plastic pickets when you can have lovely floral fretwork to enclose your yard and guide the way through your garden?

Viburnum

Why fence with rust-prone metal, rot-ready wood, or plastic pickets when you can have lovely floral fretwork to enclose your yard and guide the way through your garden?

There are a lot of viburnums on the market and many growing well as flowering hedges. Most produce clusters of white or delicate pink flowers in early spring. Look for types such as Koreanspice viburnum (V. carlesii), which offer fragrant flowers, or for varieties that develop red or black berries. Snowball viburnum (V. opulus ‘Roseum’), pictured here, grows 8-10 feet tall. The variety ‘Nanum’ stays under 3 feet tall.

Limelight hydrangea

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Flowers of Limelight hydrangea vary from pastel green in cool climates to creamy white in the South, or as summer heat progresses. In autumn the trusses may turn pink. It makes a dense, deer-resistant screen and requires no special care.

Dwarf Crape Myrtle

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Although many crape myrtles grow to be small- to medium-size trees, some varieties, such as the Filli series and Dazzle series, remain shrubby, producing full-size blooms on plants less than 5 feet tall.

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