The Lovely Plants

Best Flowering Shrub to Grow in Your Garden

Flowering shrubs make excellent ornaments in a garden or landscape design. They come in all sizes and shapes and offer a wide variety of foliage, flowers, colors, texture and structure. Besides their ornamental value, flowering shrubs are utility plants that can be used to make hedges, privacy screens, wind breakers, and interesting espalier or topiary designs.

Most flowering shrubs require little maintenance and make excellent choice for designing low-maintenance landscapes.

Following is a list of best flowering shrubs you can grow in your garden or landscape.

Best Evergreen Flowering Shrub

Tibouchina urvilleana

Tibouchina is a genus of excellent bloomers from tropical and sub-tropical climates, majorly from Brazil and Mexico. Most species are evergreen and produce attractive flowers of pink and purple colors. Tibouchina urvilleana is a nice evergreen flowering shrub that can grow up to 10 feet in its native climate. It is known for its silvery-green foliage and beautiful purple flowers that attract bees and butterflies.

Tibouchina urvilleana makes an excellent evergreen flowering shrub. It does not require much maintenance and blooms profusely in mid-summer. If you are looking for other options, I would recommend the following evergreen flowering shrubs:

Polygala myrtifolia 

Loropetalum chinense (Buy online)

Streptosolen jamesonii (Buy online)

Best Flowering Shrub for Colorful Foliage

Breynia disticha (Buy online)

Breynia disticha is a nice flowering shrub better known for its colorful foliage. Originally from the tropical climates, Breynia disticha can be grown in colder climates when protected from frost and freeze. This attractive flowering shrub is characterized by wavy, red stem and variegated foliage of white and pink hues. Breynia disticha makes an excellent plant for containers, garden borders as well as a ground cover in landscape designs.

Breynia disticha/ Image by Forest & Kim Starr

Other flowering shrubs for colorful foliage include:

Coprosma repens

Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunburst’/ Image by Leonora Enking

Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’

Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’, Image by Kaustav Bhattacharya

Iresine herbstii

Iresine Herbstii, The Bloodleaf Plant, Image by Leonora Enking (flickr)

Euonymus japonica

Euonymus Japonica, Spindle Tree, Image by John (Puzzler4879@flickr)

Dodonaea Viscosa ‘Purpurea’

Dodonaea Viscosa ‘Purpurea’, Image by Suzette Hosken

Best Low-maintenance Flowering Shrub


Bougainville is a widely grown flowering shrub in many parts of the world. It is known for its attractive and colorful bracts. It is a hardy shrub that survives a range of climatic conditions and growing environment. A large number of varieties of Bougainville are commercially offered and are liked because of their colorful bracts and variegated foliage. Most varieties originate from four major species. Bougainville spectabilis (purple or rose-purple bracts), Bougainville glabra (magenta bracts and oblong, bright green leaves), Bougainville peruviana (smaller, mauve-pink bracts, yellowish flowers and large, smooth leaves), and Bougainville formosa (large clusters of pale magenta-pink flowers, usually bears variegated leaves).

Image by Tushar Pokle

Other low-maintenance flowering shrubs you should consider include:

Weigela florida

Weigela florida

Pimelea ferruginea

Pimelea Ferruginea, Image by Barry Michael

Tecoma capensis

Tecomaria capensis/ Image by James Gaither

Lagerstroemia indica

Best Shrubs for Attractive Flowers

Chaenomeles speciosa

Chaenomeles speciosa/ Image by Etringita (flickr)

Nyctanthes arbor-tristis

Nyctanthes arbor-tristis/ Image via flickr by Dinesh Valke


Melaleuca tree/ Image by Tatiana Gerus

Holmskioldia sanguinea

Holmskioldia sanguinea, Image by Douglas Sprott

Best Flowering Shrub for Unusual Flowers

Clianthus puniceus

Clianthus puniceus/ Image by Tony Rodd

Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis leonurus, the Lion’s tail/ Image by Andy Carvin

Crotalaria agatiflora

Crotalaria agatiflora/ Bird Bush/ Image by Erick Lux

Justicia brandegeana

Justicia brandegeana, The Shrimp Plant