- Zone 6 Shrubs – Types Of Bushes For Zone 6 Gardens
- About Zone 6 Shrubs
- Types of Bushes for Zone 6
- Flowering shrubs for your garden: 5 beauties for full sun
- 5 Flowering shrubs for your garden
- Where to find these 5 flowering shrubs for your garden
- Shrubs & Hedges
- From compact greenery to colorful blooms.
- How and When to Plant Shrubs & Hedges
- When to Trim Shrubs & Hedges
Zone 6 Shrubs – Types Of Bushes For Zone 6 Gardens
Shrubs truly furnish a garden, adding texture, color, summer flowers and winter interest. When you live in zone 6, the cold season weather gets pretty nippy. But you’ll still have your choice of many different types of hardy shrubs for zone 6. If you are thinking of growing shrubs in zone 6, you’ll want information about what to plant. Read on for a short list of the types of bushes for zone 6 gardens.
About Zone 6 Shrubs
Zone 6 isn’t the coldest region in the country, but it’s not the warmest either. The Department of Agriculture’s hardiness zone system ranges from 1 to 12, based on the coldest winter temperatures. In zone 6, you can expect minimum temperatures of 0 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 to -23 C.).
While tropical bushes won’t survive the freezes your garden will experience, hardy shrubs for zone 6 are not rare. You’ll find both deciduous bushes and evergreens among the zone 6 shrubs available.
Types of Bushes for Zone 6
When you are growing shrubs in zone 6, you’ll have many options. That means you can afford to figure out in advance what types of bushes for zone 6 would work best in your backyard. Evaluate your garden and backyard sites you intend to plant. Figure out how tall you’d like your zone 6 shrubs, and whether you want to create a hedge or plant individual specimens. If flowering shrubs would make you happy, now is the time to consider those possibilities.
If you are thinking of growing shrubs in zone 6 for a permanent privacy screen or windbreak, think evergreens. One evergreen classic for hedges is arborvitae(Thuja spp). It looks like a lush Christmas tree with its fan-like evergreen foliage, offering year-round privacy and wildlife shelter. Many species of arborvitae are available in commerce, with different mature heights and spreads. Nearly all thrive as zone 6 shrubs, so take your pick.
If you want a defensive hedge, barberry(Berberis spp.), with its sharp thorns, works well. You’ll find many types of bushes for zone 6 among the barberry family. Most offer arching, fine-textured branches with purple or yellow foliage. The flowers give way to bright berries that birds love.
If you want zone 6 shrubs to create a romantic garden, look no further than weigela (Weigela spp.) which thrives in zones 3 through 9. Its lush blossoms won’t disappoint.
For blooms that appear earlier in the year, forsythia(Forsythia spp.) is a great choice for zone 6. Its brilliant yellow flowers are often the first blooms to appear in springtime.
Other hardy shrubs for zone 6 include Sevenbark hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), which offers big, snowball blossoms, and the rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This deciduous shrub blooms late but offers gorgeous trumpet flowers well into autumn.
Flowering shrubs for your garden: 5 beauties for full sun
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Choosing flowering shrubs for your garden can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re new to gardening. There are dozens upon dozens of choices at your local nursery, but not every shrub you come across is going to be a good fit. The key is to seek out low-maintenance flowering shrubs that bloom beautifully, without requiring a lot of upkeep. But, they also have to be gorgeous, too! Finding the right flowering shrubs for your landscape does take a bit of sleuthing, but the payoff is huge. When you take the time to carefully select the best shrubs for your growing conditions, the result is years and years of beautiful blooms.
Today, we’ve teamed up with Bloomin’ Easy to introduce you to five amazing flowering shrubs for your garden that offer a long bloom-time filled with scores of colorful flowers. These shrubs are pest and disease resistant, fully winter hardy, and their naturally compact growth means they won’t get unruly in smaller garden beds or foundation plantings. All five of these flowering shrubs also offer interesting foliage colors and textures, and as an added bonus, they’re all pollinator- and wildlife-friendly while still being deer resistant (hooray!). In fact, they’re perfect choices for full-sun gardens from the east coast to the west, and nearly everywhere in between.
5 Flowering shrubs for your garden
DateNight™ Tuxedo™ Weigela is an exceptional flowering shrub for your garden.
1. Date Night™Tuxedo™ Weigela is a stellar choice for gardeners who want both striking foliage and lovely blooms. And, like all weigelas, the fragrant bell-shaped blooms of this variety are adored by bees and butterflies. But unlike some other weigelas, this beauty is hardy down to -30° F (-34°C) and has no winter die-back. The dark burgundy foliage is really striking, and the more sun the plant receives, the darker the foliage becomes. More compact than some other weigelas, Date Night™ Tuxedo™ Weigela grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide.
Perfect plant partners: We think the deep burgundy foliage of DateNight™ Tuxedo™ Weigela would look especially gorgeous when combined with white-flowering perennials and ground covers, including white phlox, candy tuft, Campanula, gaura, and even white rock cress.
We adore the copper-tipped golden foliage and pink, fuzzy flowers of Spiraea Poprocks™ Rainbow Fizz™. It makes a real statement in full-sun gardens.
2. Poprocks™Rainbow Fizz™ Spirea is a snazzy little flowering shrub for your garden that grows to just 3 to 4 feet in height and spread. Its red-tipped chartreuse foliage is a serious stand-out in the garden. And then, when the red flower buds open into clusters of fuzzy pink blooms, the real show begins! The naturally tight, rounded form of Poprocks™ Rainbow Fizz™ Spirea means you won’t be reaching for the pruning shears every spring, and with a winter hardiness down to -40°F (-40°C), there’s no stopping this flowering shrub. Plus, it’s said to be an excellent choice for container gardens.
Perfect plant partners: The bright, spirited foliage of Poprocks™ Rainbow Fizz™ Spirea would be extra show-stopping when combined with blue- and purple-flowering annuals and perennials, such as salvia, veronica, columbine, lobelia, peroviskia, and blue hyssop.
While most roses perform well in full-sun conditions, Peach Lemonade™ has the added benefit of multiple bloom colors on a single plant.
3. Peach Lemonade™ Rose is a plant that seems almost too good to be true! But there’s no trickery here — Peach Lemonade™ Rose does exactly what’s promised. It produces multi-colored flowers that change from a lemony yellow when they’re young to a bright pink as they age. Often both colors are on the plant at the same time! All that’s required for non-stop blooms is an occasional deadheading. The dark green foliage is also disease resistant, making this hardy rose a truly low-maintenance choice.
Perfect plant partners: To really show off this gorgeous, multi-colored rose, we suggest surrounding it with a “skirt” of simple, ground-hugging annuals and perennials, including sweet alyssum, Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’, ajuga, Dianthus, or even herbs like creeping thyme, lavender, and golden oregano.
Potentilla is an exceptional North American native shrub for sunny gardens. Plus, it’s deer and pest resistant. Bella Sol™ is a gorgeous, orange-flowering variety.
4. Bella Sol™ Potentilla is a cultivar of a North American native species (Potentilla fruticosa), so it’s a great choice for gardeners keen on including native plants and their cultivars in the landscape. Like the other flowering shrubs we’re featuring in this post, Bella Sol™ Potentilla has done beautifully in my own garden. The beneficial insects and bees absolutely adore the long-lasting blooms, and new blooms are produced fairly consistently all summer long with only an occasional deadheading necessary. The brilliant orange flowers are so intense, and since this variety reaches just 3 feet in height, there’s absolutely no pruning required. It’s incredibly hardy (down to -50°F; -46°C), and the deer practically stick their noses up at it.
Perfect plant partners: The shocking orange blossoms of Bella Sol™ Potentilla will definitely pump up the garden. But, if you combine this plant with other brilliant, eye-popping colors, we’re sure it would really bring the house down. Try pairing it with the blazing-hot red and yellow flowers of sun-loving annuals, like Salvia ‘Lady in Red’, ‘Lemon Gem’ signet marigolds, zinnias, celosia, petunias, and yellow ‘Popstar’ bidens.
Hello, beautiful! Yellow-flowering bush honeysuckle variety Firefly™ Nightglow™ has both gorgeous flowers and foliage.
5. Admittedly, when it comes to flowering shrubs for your garden, I have a soft spot for those that attract hummingbirds and Firefly™Nightglow™ Diervilla does just that. This is a northern bush honeysuckle with bright, sulfur-yellow, tubular flowers that really stand out against the dark, chocolatey-red foliage. The low, vase-shaped structure of this flowering shrub reaches just 2 to 3 feet in height, making it a great fit for foundation plantings and front yard shrub islands. Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla is a cultivar of a hybrid created by crossing two species of Diervilla, one native to southeastern North America and the other native to the northeast (D. sessifolia and D. lonicera, respectively), making it a good choice for much of the continent.
Perfect plant partners: The glowing yellow blooms of Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla lure in bees and butterflies, so why not combine this stunning shrub with other pollinator favorites? Its wine-colored foliage would surely look fantastic partnered with mid-sized varieties of bee-friendly plants like yarrow, asters, blanketflower, penstemon, coneflowers, and agastache.
Where to find these 5 flowering shrubs for your garden
These gorgeous shrubs, and lots of other Bloomin’ Easy plants, are available from retail nurseries across much of Canada and the U.S. Find a retailer here or look for Bloomin’ Easy’s branded blue pots at your favorite local garden centers.
What are some of your favorite flowering shrubs for your garden? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.
Shrubs & Hedges
From compact greenery to colorful blooms.
Whether you’re dressing up your plant beds or creating the perfect focal point in your front yard, our Shrubs & Hedges make an elegant statement. Richly-hued favorites and Summer Flowering Shrubs like the Hydrangea contrast perfectly with tried-and-true Boxwoods, creating easy, effortless layers in your garden. Shrubs & Hedges are also perfect for Fall Color, or Fall Blooms, like Camellias and beyond.
How and When to Plant Shrubs & Hedges
Though specific directions vary for the plants you purchase, knowing your growing zone is an important first step. After you’ve determined your zone, keep sunlight and watering needs in mind for your Shrubs and Hedges. Most prefer full sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) and well-drained soil. Your fertilizing and pruning needs will also depend on the plant you choose.
As far as when to plant, we recommend planting your Shrubs and Hedges in early spring or fall, before or after the threat of frost. As long as the ground is not frozen, your plants should be fine.
From there, planting is easy. Select an area with well-drained soil, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the plant’s root ball (along with a bit of extra width for growing space), place your plant and backfill the hole. Finish by watering the area and mulching to conserve moisture.
When to Trim Shrubs & Hedges
Pruning and More
Basically, it all depends on the type of Shrubs and Hedges you’ve purchased. In general, removing dead, diseased or damaged branches is important to do year-round. And removing any suckers growing at the base of your plants is ideal.
For Flowering Shrubs and Hedges, prune for shaping after the blooms have faded. For Evergreen Shrubs and Hedges, including Boxwoods, prune for shaping any time of the year, other than fall. Always ensure you’re using clean, sterilized shears and making cuts at a 45-degree angle. And avoid removing too much foliage from your Shrubs and Hedges. A cleaner, neater appearance is the goal.