Shrubs for Sun

Shrubs help add structure to the garden. They vary from small spreading groundcover types to large specimens that can grow 12 feet or more. As you consider which to plant, know that many offer more than one season of interest. These woody plants can flower, produce ornamental or edible berries, offer colorful foliage or even spectacular fall color.

The shrubs listed below may be planted in full afternoon sun. Many may also be planted in part sun (a morning sun location or in dappled light—as under the canopy of an open-branched tree). All will lose their leaves in winter which gives you the benefit of frost covered branches.  If you want year-round 'green' consider planting an evergreen shrub.

Please Note:  In stock availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales. Please call (719) 574-8058 for current availability.


Almond, Dwarf Flowering (Prunus glandulosa)

Variety: Rosea Plena

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Double pink flowers in early Spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Dwarf, ornamental flowering almond. Upright vase shape. Shiny green leaves.


Apache Plume (Fallugia)

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Photo Courtesy Plant Select

Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: White flowers with pink fuzzy seed heads

Fall Color:  Interesting seed heads

Other Notes: White stems offer winter interest. Excellent for dry, sunny locations.  A Colorado Plant Select shrub.


Barberry (Berberis)

Crimson Pygmy Barberry
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Winter Berries

berberiscrimsonpygmy2_pcojenHeight: 2'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Inconspicuous

Fall Color: Orange-Scarlet

Other Notes: Deep red foliage. Bright red berries in fall and winter. Thorns.


Rocket Series
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Rocket Orange:  new growth is orange and deepens to red

berberisorangerocketclose_pcobaileynurseriesincHeight: 4'

Spread: 18"-24"

Flowers: Inconspicuous

Fall Color: Orange-Scarlet tones

Other Notes: Rocket Series are varieties with a narrow, upright habit and offer MUCH color in tight spaces.Tiny Bright red berries in fall and winter. Thorns.  Plant in full sun for the best color show.


Rose Glow Barberry

Height: 3'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Inconspicuous

Fall Color: Red

Other Notes: Burgundy speckled foliage offers a great color contrast. Bright red berries in fall and winter. Thorns.


Beautybush (Kolkwitzia)

Height: 6'-10'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Pink, bell-shaped flowers in summer

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Broad, rounded shrub with dark green leaves. Will also grow in part sun.


Blue Stem Joint Fir (Ephedra)

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 3'-8'

Flower: Yellow (Small insignificant)

Fall Color:  Blue-green

Other Notes:  A drought tolerant, dryland plant.  Plant in well drained soil.


Bluebeard (Caryopteris)

Dark Knight

caryopterisdarkknight_pcojenHeight: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Deep blue summer to fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Must be planted in well drained soil.


Sapphire Surf Bluebeard
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 2'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Bright blue summer to fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Dense, low mounding habit.  Covered in blooms with a long bloom time.  Must be planted in well drained soil.  Attractive to bees.  This compact, low-maintenance shrub produces a swell of stunning flowers from top to bottom in late summer and fall when few other plants are blooming. Sapphire Surf™  is deer and drought resistant. Use it in mass, in a perennial border or as an accent plant.


Sunshine Blue Bluebeard
Photo Courtesy Fisher Farms

Height: 3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Bright blue summer to fall

Fall Color: Yellow leaves

Other Notes:  Deciduous shrub with yellow foliage and blue flowers in summer. Adds excellent yellow color in your landscape. Full to partial sun, moderate water.


Burning Bush (Euonymus)

Dwarf Burning Bush
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries
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Fall Color

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Insignificant.

Fall Color: Yes! Brilliant red in fall.

Other Notes: Vase-shaped when young, rounded at maturity. Plant in full sun for best fall color.


Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

Blue Chip Junior

Height: 2'

Spread: 2'

Flowers: Purple flowers in Summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: The next generation of Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip', young Junior is smaller, less brittle, and has attractive silver-green leaves. Great for mass plantings or mixed into perennial gardens. Sterile flowers from mid-summer to frost do not produce unwanted seedlings.


Empire Blue

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Fragrant blue flowers with an orange eye

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Blooms in summer.  Can use as a cutflower.


Honeycomb

Height: 6'-10'

Spread:  6'-8

Flowers:  Fragrant yellow flowers in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  A unique color for this type of plant.  Works great as a cutflower.  Dead head for best show.  Vase-shaped habit.


Ice Chip
Photo Courtesy Proven Winners

Height: 18" - 2'

Spread: 18" - 2'

Flowers: White flowers in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A compact butterfly bush...mix with perennials.


Miss Molly
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Photo Courtesy Willoway Nurseries

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Magenta blooms mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright spreading shrub. Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet! (A Proven Winners Shrub)


Pink Charm

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Lavender pink blooms mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright spreading shrub. Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet!


Royal Red
Photo Courtesy Chelsea Nursery

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4-6'

Flowers: Pink-red blooms mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright spreading shrub. Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet!


Butterfly Bush Varieties Not Pictured:

Bouquet 3 in One:  Blooms in white, pink, and lavender on the same plant (4-7' HxW)


Cherry, Nanking (Prunus)

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 10'-12'

Flowers: Pinkish-white in spring followed by red1/3" berries.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Tough—moist or dry site. Birds love this shrub!

 


Chokeberry (Aronia)

Autumn Magic Chokeberry (Aronia melancarpa)

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Profuse white flowers in spring followed by edible black berries

Fall Color: Purple-red fall color

Other Notes: Upright shrub that adapts well to poor soil (moist or dry)


Black Chokeberry (Aronia melancarpa alata)

aroniawide_pcojenHeight: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Profuse white flowers in spring followed by edible black berries

Fall Color: Brilliant orange-red

Other Notes: Glossy green foliage. Good for moist sites.  Berries often used in jams and jellies.


Brilliant Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima')
Photo Courtesy Willoway Nusrseries

Height: 6'-9'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: White flowers in spring followed by brilliant red berries that attract birds.

Fall Color: Brilliant orange-red

Other Notes: Does well in moist or well-drained soil. Excellent for mass plantings or borders. 2000 Gold Medal Plant Award winner. Best fall color in full sun and moist, well drained soil, but is adaptable to shade and dry locations. Slow growing. Berries can be made into jams or jellies but are really bitter if eaten fresh.


Coralberry (Symphoricarpos)

Hancock Coralberry
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 6'+

Flowers: Insignificant.

Fall Color: No color to leaves but rose pink berries persist into winter.

Other Notes: A good low spreading shrub for groundcover or hillsides.


Cotoneaster

Cranberry Cotoneaster (C. Apiculatus)
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Winter Berries

cotoneastercranberry_pcojenHeight: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'-6'

Flowers: Small pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: Bright red berries that persist through winter. Bronze-red leaves.


Hedge Cotoneaster (C. lucidus)
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Small pink flowers in summer.

Fall Color: Yes! Black fruit stands out against bright fall leaves of orange and red.

Other Notes: A tall upright shrub that makes a great screen. Tough, drought tolerant. Attracts birds.


Tom Thumb Cotoneaster (C. adpressus)
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 8"-12"

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Small pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: Red leaves (rarely has berries)

Other Notes: Low spreading shrub with small, glossy green leaves.  Makes a great groundcover.


Dogwood (Cornus)

Red Twig Dogwood

cornusredtwigdogwoodagainstevergreen_pcojencornusdogwoodwide_pcojenHeight: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: White flowers in Spring

Fall Color: Red purple

Other Notes: Bright red stems in winter! Can also be planted in morning/part sun locations.


Fire Dance Dogwood
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

cornusfiredancewide_pcobaileynurseriesincHeight: 3'-4'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: White in late Spring

Fall Color: Red-Purple

Other Notes:  Compact, mounded habit. Showy red stems.  White spring flowers are replaced with white berries attractive to birds.  Red-purple fall color. Versatile, drought tolerant once established and also tolerant of wet conditions which makes it suitable for rain gardens.


Ivory Halo Dogwood

cornusvariegatedwide_pcojenHeight: 5'-6' cornusdogwoodvariegclose_pcojen

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: White in spring

Fall Color: Insignificant

Other Notes: Bright red stems in winter. Leaves are white and green during season. Compact, rounded shape. Can also be planted in morning/part sun locations.


Yellow Twig Dogwood
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: White in Spring

Fall Color: Red purple

Other Notes: Bright yellow stems in winter! Can also be planted in morning/part sun locations.


Elderberry (Sambucus)

American Elderberry 'Adams' (Sambucus canadensis)

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: Large white blossoms in early summer followed by dark purple berries

Fall Color: Yellow  Has deep purple fruit in late Summer/EarlyFall.

Other Notes: Attractive, large, green leaf variety.  Fruit may be used when ripe and COOKED and into jellies/jams/syrup.  Other parts of this plant are not edible.


Red Elderberry 'Lemony Lace' Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Photo Courtesy Proven Winners

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Large clusters of white flowers in spring followed by bright red berries.

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes:  A Proven Winners elder.  Does best in a moist spot.  Brightly colored yellow leaves all season.   Though Native American did use these berries-- they are not considered palatable. Red elderberries are extremely sour with many seeds but are sometimes used to make jams/jellies.  They should always be ripe and COOKED before consuming.  Other parts of this plant are not edible.


European Elderberry 'Black Lace' a.k.a Black Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: Pink, lacy blossoms in early summer

Fall Color: Deep purple all season. Has deep blackish-red fruit in Fall.

Other Notes: Large rounded shrub with lovely deep purple lacy foliage. Can also be planted in part sun. Does best in a moist spot.  A great alternative to a Japanese Maple.  The light flowers are particularly striking against the dark foliage.  This variety is mostly used as an ornamental. However, if you use the berries, they should always be ripe and COOKED before consuming.  Other parts of this plant are not edible.


Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria)

chamaebatiariafernbushwide_pcojenchamaebatiariafernbushclose_pcojenHeight: 6'-8'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers:  Creamy white in Summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: This is a tall semi-evergreen, dryland shrub with fragrant fern like leaves. They produce creamy white flowers in late summer. Plant them near a window to enjoy the fragrance.  Native plant.


Forsythia

Lynwood Gold Forsythia
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 5'-7'

Spread: 7'

Flower: Deep yellow flowers in early Spring

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Deep golden yellow flowers of this forsythia cover the branches in early Spring. A dense plant with an upright habit, it tolerates city conditions well. Performs well in both sun or light shade.


Genista

Royal Gold Genista
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

genistaroyalgoldbloom_pcobaileynurseriesincHeight: 18"-24"

Spread: 2'

Flower: Yellow flowers cover this shrub in mid-Summer.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Very drought tolerant once established.  Grows well in poor dry soil.  Compact, low growing shrub with bright green foliage.


Hibiscus, Hardy / Rose-Of-Sharon (Hibiscus)

Aphrodite
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Dark pink flowers with dark red eye bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Upright shrub with large saucer shaped flowers that bloom from July until frost. Has dark pink flowers with a dark red eye. Valuable as a specimen plant. Prefers well-drained soil.


Bali
Photo Courtesy Van Essen

Height: 5'-8'

Spread: 4'-7'

Flowers: Semi-double white flowers with red eye late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Makes a statement in your late season garden. Prefers well-drained soil.  Zone 5.


Lavender Chiffon
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Photos Courtesy Proven Winners
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Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Lavender flowers bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Large, upright shrub. 


Woodbridge
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Single rose pink flowers with a red center bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  An adaptable plant that prefers well drained soil. Easy to grow. Attracts butterflies.


Lilac (Syringa)

Beauty of Moscow (Krasavitsa Moskvy)
Photo Courtesy Fisher Farms

Height: up to 15'

Spread: 8'-12'

Flowers: White with a tinge of light pink in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Extremely fragrant flowers are large and showy. Will sucker and have a more open habit than many lilacs.


Bloomerang Lilac
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Photo Courtesy Proven Winners

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Fragrant plum purple buds open to light purple flowers in Spring. Repeat blooming throughout season.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: Good choice for smaller spaces.. Can also be planted in part sun. Plant in well-drained soil.


Charles Joly Lilac
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: Purple flowers in Spring.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes:  One of the earlier French hybrids, this lilac is still popular. It bears smaller panicles of purple buds that turn to magenta double flowers as they open for a fabulous show!


Colby's Wishing Star Lilac

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-8'

Flowers: Rosy mauve blooms in Spring.  Fragrant.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: A dwarf growing habit.


Common Purple Lilac
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

syringacommonpurple_photocourtesybaileynurseriesincHeight: 12'-15'

Spread: 8'-12'

Flower: Lilac of course! And VERY fragrant.  Cut some in spring for a vase inside and they will quickly fill your house with old-fashioned lilac fragrance.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Very hardy. Upright vase-shaped habit.


Donald Wyman
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

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Height: 8'-10'

Spread: up to 10'

Flowers: Purple buds open to magenta flowers in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Panicles of purple buds opening to single, red-purple flowers. Blooms early to mid-June on large pyramidal spikes. Blooms two weeks later than common lilac. Excellent specimen or hedge plant.


Dwarf Korean Lilac
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

syringakoreanlilac_pcojenHeight: 4'-5'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Red-purple buds open to fragrant lilac flowers in Spring.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: Good choice for smaller spaces. Nice deep green leaves. Plant in well-drained soil.


Ludwig Spaeth Lilac
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Red, purple blossoms in spring (fragrant).

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Large, upright shape. An old cultivar developed in 1883. Plant in well-drained soil.


Miss Canada
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 6'-9'

Spread: 5'-8'

Flowers: Pink flowers in Spring (fragrant)

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  The brightest pink of all late flowering lilacs, this vigorous and nonsuckering lilac blooms prolifically in mid-June with single, rose flowers. The foliage is larger than that of other lilacs in this group. This outstanding lilac is extremely hardy.


Miss Kim Lilac
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 6'-7'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Lavender flowers in spring (fragrant)

Fall Color: Burgundy red fall foliage.

Other Notes: Dark green glossy leaves.


Mount Baker
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 10'-12'

Flowers: Clusters of single white blossoms appear in spring.

Fall Color: Purple tinged leaves

Other Notes: Profuse bloomer. Fragrant. Zone 2.


Sensation Lilac
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 8'-12

Flowers: Bi-color blue flowers edged in white appear in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A truly unique variety with an upright habit.


Tinkerbelle
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Wine red flower buds open to pink

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Very similar to Dwarf Korean in appearance but with a spicy fragrance


Mockorange (Philadelphus)

Blizzard
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

philledelphusblizzardclose_pcobaileynurseriesincHeight: 4'-5'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Single, white, fragrant flowers bloom in clusters in Summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A selection from a seedling population of Philadelphus lewisii collected in Alberta, Canada, that has proven hardy to zone 3. It blooms up to 4 weeks.  It forms a medium sized upright shrub that is tolerant of full sun. The name 'Blizzard' was chosen for both the profuse amount of spring bloom and the extreme winter hardiness of this fine plant.


Minnesota Snowflake
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: 2" double white fragrant flowers in Summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Arching, vase shaped shrub. Full sun, moderate water. Zone 4.


Snow White Sensation

philadelphusmockorangesnowwhitesensation_pcojenHeight: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: LARGE 2" Fragrant, double white flowers just keep coming in Spring. Likely to repeat bloom during the same season. Very unusual for a mockorange.  If you like white, this is a beauty!

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright arching branches.


Ninebark (Physocarpus)

Amber Jubilee
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 4'

Flowers: White flowers in spring

Fall Color: Red-purple fall colored leaves

Other Notes: Foliage tones in orange, yellow, and golds.  Rounded, dense habit.


Little Devil Ninebark
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 3'-4'physolittledevilbloom_pcobaileynurseriesinc

Spread: 3'-4'

Flower: White/pink flowers in early Summer

Fall Color: Red-purple leaves all year

Other Notes:  This cute and compact ninebark offers low maintenance for the homeowner with a small garden.  Burgundy foliage makes for a nice contrast.  No pruning needed.  Upright mounded habit.


Summer Wine
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Photo Courtesy Willoway Nurseries
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Pink flowers in early summer make a nice show against the darker leaves

Fall Color: Burgundy leaves

Other Notes: Upright rounded habit. Great shrub to use for color contrast.


 

 

Oak, Gambel/Scrub Oak (Quercus gambelii)

Height: Generally 12'-15' (variable—can grow up to 20')

Spread: 8'-15'

Flowers: No

Fall Color: Yellow, Orange, Red.


Plum, Double Flowering (Prunus triloba)

Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 10'-12'

Flowers: 1" double light pink flowers in early Spring

Fall Color: Yellow-bronze

Other Notes: A handsome large shrub or small airy tree. Prefers rich well-drained soils. Zone 3. If you like the look of this shrub but need something smaller, try Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa). It is very similar in appearance but is about a 1/3 of the size of the Double Flowering Plum.


 

 

Potentilla AKA Cinquefoil

Gold Drop Potentilla
Photo Courtesy Van Essen Nursery

Height: 2'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Bright yellow flowers in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Very compact, low mounding shrub with fine textured foliage. One inch bright golden-yellow buttercup shaped flowers all summer long.  Zone 2.


Gold Star Potentilla
Photo Courtesy Fisher Farms

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Bright yellow flowers in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Compact, bushy shrub produces bright yellow-gold flowers. Blooms from early summer to frost. Light green foliage. Thrives in colder climates and is mildew resistant.  Zone 3.


Goldfinger Potentilla
Photo Courtesy Van Essen Nursery

Height: 3'

Spread: 4'

Flowers: Golden yellow flowers in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Fine textured foliage on a broadly branching mound. Golden-yellow buttercup-like flowers in spring.  Zone 3


McKay's White Potentilla

potentillamckayswhite_pcojenHeight: 2'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Creamy white flowers in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Small rounded shrub.


Pink Beauty Potentilla

potentillapinkbeauty_pcojenHeight: 2'

Spread: 2'

Flowers: Pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Small rounded shrub


Privet (Ligustrum)

Golden Vicary Privet
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Photo Courtesy Leo Gentry Nursery

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Fragrant SMALL white flowers

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Compact vase-shape. Yellow leaves make it a nice shrub for color contrast.


Privet, New Mexico A.K.A Desert Olive (Forestiera)

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Small light yellow flowers in spring

Fall Color: Bright yellow leaves and blue black berries.

Other Notes: Erect, arching shrub with olive-green leaves. Very drought tolerant.
Great for a sunny, hot spot.


Quince, Flowering (Chaenomeles)

Texas Scarlet Flowering Quince

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flower:  Scarlet flowers appear before foliage in early Spring. (makes a great cutflower)

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Compact, thornless variety.  Does not produce fruit.  Very drought tolerant once established.  May also be grown in part sun.


Toyo Nishiki Flowering Quince

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flower: Flowers of white/pink appear before foliage in early Spring. (makes a great cutflower)

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: This variety will produce fruit but is grown as an ornamental.  Very drought tolerant once established.  May also be grown in part sun.


Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus / Ericameria nauseosus)

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Winter

chrysothamnusrabbitbrushwide_pcojenHeight: 2'-6' (very variable)

Spread: 2'-4'

Flowers: Yellow flowers late summer to early fall.

Fall Color: No

chrysothamnusrabbitbrushclose_pcojenOther Notes: Rounded shrub, very drought tolerant. Fluffy seed clusters add winter interest. Plant this is the hottest, driest spot you have. Can be cut back to within a foot in Spring.


Dwarf Rabbitbrush
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Photo Courtesy Plant Select

Height:  16"-28"

Spread:  20"-30"

Flowers:  Yellow flowers late summer to early fall

Fall Color:  No

Other Notes:  A Colorado Plant Select that much like it's larger cousin, loves the sun and tolerate wind, cold, and drought once established.


Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

Western Sagebrush
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Photo Courtesy Chelsea Nursery

Height: 5'-10'

Spread: 5'-10'

Flowers: Small inconspicuous yellow flowers

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: This is a tall fragrant shrub with rugged silver foliage. It is a great accent plant and excellent for wildlife habitat. It is extremely drought tolerant and soil tolerant.


Sand Cherry (Prunus)

Purple-leaf Sand Cherry / Cistena Plum (Prunus)

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 6'- 8'

Spread: 5'- 6'

Flowers: Small pink, fragrant flowers in Spring

Fall Color: Maroon

Other Notes: Maroon foliage throughout the season make this a nice contrast plant.  May also be trained into a small tree as pictured.


Western Sand Cherry 'Pawnee Buttes'prunusbesseyipawneebuttessandcherrysummer_photocourtesyplantselect
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Photos Courtesy Plant Select

Height: 15"- 18"

Spread: 4'- 6'

Flowers: Creamy white flowers in spring followed by black berries in summer.

Fall Color: Yes! Red-purple leaves.

Other Notes: Low and spreading groundcover type. A Colorado Plant Select shrub.


Siberian Peashrub (Caragana pendula)

Weeping Siberian Peashrub
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height:  4'-5'

Spread:  5'

Flowers:  Bright yellow pea-like flowers in spring

Fall Color:  Yellowish

Other Notes:  Weeping habit lends a nice cascading accent


 

Smokebush (Cotinus)

Royal Purple Smokebush

Height: 8'-10'cotinussmokbushsmoke2_pcojen

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: Dusty rose 'flowers' look like smoke.

Fall Color: Deep purple w/ pink 'smoke.'

Other Notes: Deep purple foliage. Zone 5. Does best in full sun.


Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)

Marleen Snowberry (Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii)
Photo Courtesy Fisher Farms

Height:  3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Small light pink flowers in summer followed by large pink berries in Fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Small light pink flowers in summer swell to beautiful, rose-pink berries that remain into winter. Compact habit, suitable for a prominent place in the front border.  Suitable for clay soil.


Spirea (Spiraea)

Anthony Waterer

spireaanthonywaterer_pcojenHeight: 2'-3

Spread: 4'-5

Flowers: Rose pink in summer

Fall Color: Red-purple

Other Notes: Upright rounded shrub. Can be grown in part sun.


Goldflame

spireagoldflame_pcojenHeight: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Crimson blooms in summer.

Fall Color: Red-bronze

Other Notes: Leaves are ever-changing color. Bright red new growth changing to yellow and then to green. Low, mounded shrub. Can be grown in part sun.


Gold Mound
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 1'-2'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: Yellow foliage tinges red.

Other Notes: Great pop of color for small spaces. Yellow foliage throughout season. Can be grown in part sun.


Little Princess
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Pink flowers in summer.

Fall Color: Dark red.

Other Notes: Low mounded shrub. Can be grown in part sun.


 

 

Mellow Yellow

Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: Small white blooms in spring.

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Arching stems with bright lime-yellow leaves make this a GREAT contrast plant.


Renaissance Spirea  (Spirea vanhouttei)
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

spiraearenaissanceclose_photocourtesybaileynurseriesincHeight: 5'-7'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Profuse white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: Orange-red leaves.

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Early Fall Color

Other Notes: Vase-shaped shrub with arching branches. Renaissance is an improved bridal wreath spirea.


Snowmound
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Masses of pure white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A dwarf, rounded shrub with dark green foliage.


 

 

Sumac (Rhus)

Gro-Low Sumac

Height: 2-4'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Small yellow flowers followed by small fuzzy red fruit.

Fall Color: Yes! Orange-scarlet tones.

Other Notes: As the name suggest, low growing and WIDE spreading shrub. Excellent for mass beds and hillsides.


Tiger Eyes Sumac  (Rhus typhina)

rhustigereyes_pcojenHeight: 6'rhussumactigereyesclose_pcojen

Spread: 6'

Flowers: No

Fall Color: Yes! Yellow, orange, red tones.

Other Notes: A dwarf form of cutleaf staghorn sumac with bright yellow leaves during growing season.


Viburnum

Brandywine Viburnum (V. nudum)
Photos Courtesy Proven Winners

Height: 5'-7'

Spread: 5'-7'

Flowers: Showy white flowers in late spring followed by striking pink/blue berries.

Fall Color: Deep burgundy

Other Notes: Attractive glossy green leaves. Blossoms and berries are attractive to butterflies and birds. Grows well in a moist, well-drained spot.


Mohican Viburnum (V. lantana)
Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 6'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Showy white flowers in late spring followed by striking pink/blue berries.

Fall Color: Deep burgundy with black berries

Other Notes: U.S. National Arboretum introduction, selected for its compact growth. Creamy white, flat-topped flowers cover the plant in Spring, followed by orange-red fruit in early Summer lasting a month before turning black in fall. Makes a nice hedge.  Zone 3.


Compact Koreanspice Viburnum (V. carlesii)
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'- 4'

Flowers: White flowers in summer

Fall Color: Yes, wine red foliage.

Other Notes:  One of the best dwarf viburnums available, it produces exceptionally dark green leaves with a nice spring show of large white flowers. Rounded, dense shrub with stiff, upright spreading branches.


 

Snowball Viburnum (opulus)
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Photos Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

viburnumsnowballclose_photocourtesybaileynurseriesincHeight: 10'-12'

Spread: 10'- 12'

Flowers: Profuse round, double white flowers in late spring.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: A large, very popular spring flowering shrub.


Weigela

Minuet
Photo Courtesy Van Essen Nursery

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Rosy-pink fragrant blooms in spring

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Compact shrub is a dwarf weigela with purple-tinged dark green leaves.  Beautiful accent plant.   Prefers moist soil. Zone 4


Variegated 'Nana'

Height: 3'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Bell-shaped, rose-pink flowers bloom in spring

Fall Color: Variegated white/green leaves

Other Notes: Attracts hummingbirds. Potential for a lighter re-bloom in summer.  Zone 4.


Wine and Roses
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Photo Courtesy Proven Winners
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nursery

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Deep rosy pink in spring with potential to re-bloom

Fall Color: Deep wine leaves

Other Notes: Deep dark burgundy wine leaves throughout season.  Prefers moist soil.


Willow (Salix)

Hakuro Nishiki Willow (Salix integra)
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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Height: 4'-6'+

Spread: 4'-6'+

Flowers: No

Fall Color: White/Green/Pink leaves

Other Notes:  A lovely small shrub with pink stems and buds that open to dappled green, pink and white foliage. Some leaves will be all white. The stems are graceful and spreading. Will also grow in partial shade.  Rounded shape at maturity.


 

 

 

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