Choosing trees, shrubs, and other ornamental plants to decorate your lawn can make it difficult to choose the right ones.
After all, you have to do all kinds of considerations. Which plants suit your growth zone? Which are the most suitable for your particular floor type?
And above all, which ones give you the best for your money?
When it comes to flowering trees and shrubs, it’s best to choose plants that bloom for as long as possible. You don’t have to fill your landscape with other plants to make up for the void when the plants are resting, and you’ll also add a hint of color and fragrance that attracts pollinators.
Consider these top picks when you are looking for the longest flowering trees and shrubs for your garden.
25 longest flowering trees and shrubs for your garden
1. Eastern Redbud
The eastern redbud is a pink flowering tree with small stems and can easily reach more than 20 feet in height. The first flowers in early spring are the most stunning, but you’ll enjoy color all season long, as the plant later produces colors in reddish-purple tones. It is tolerant of growing conditions in zones 5 through 9.
2. Southern magnolia
The southern magnolia, the epitome of the landscape tree in the south, is most commonly grown in zones 5 to 9. Every spring it produces fragrant, cream-colored flowers, each surrounded by a cluster of glossy evergreen leaves.
3. Flowering dogwood
The flowering dogwood is a spreading tree that produces horizontal branches. These branches make the tree look beautiful even in the winter months. Dogwood can grow up to 40 feet tall and just as wide, producing beautiful leaves that are pink in spring and reddish purple in autumn.
Forsythia is one of the first indicators of spring and produces flowers in the first months of the season. The forsythia is a deciduous shrub and forms arched branches with bright yellow flowers. Most people grow it as an informal hedge, but it can also be grown as a plant in zones 4 through 9.
5. Hyperion dogwood
The Hyperion Dogwood is a unique plant that blooms first in early spring. This plant is hardy in zones 6 to 9 and produces large white flowers that practically overlap to cover the tree in pure white tones. The flowers fade later in summer and produce red fruits to which the birds flock in droves. In autumn the tree changes its colors with gold, purple and orange tones.
6. Tree hydrangea
Tree hydrangea is one of the hardest types of shrubs you can grow. It produces large, conical white flowers every summer. These turn reddish brown and last until winter. The plant can easily grow up to ten feet tall.
7. Flowering cherry
There are different types of cherry trees that produce beautiful colors in different seasons, but the flowering cherry ‘Dream Catcher’ is one of the longest lasting. This tree grows fairly tall and easily itches over 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
You will love to admire the beautiful pale pink flowers that open in early spring, but you won’t lose color even in autumn – the leaves turn golden yellow in cool weather. As a robust plant that is resistant to most insects and diseases, it can be grown as a landscape tree in zones 6 to 8.
8. Smoke tree
The smoke tree, also known as the smoke bush, can be grown as a shrub or as a tree. In any case, you will love how long the colors and textures last. It produces tiny flowers in early summer that give a unique smoky look throughout the fall. It is hardy in zones 5 to
9. Rhododendron / Azalea
Both rhododendrons and azaleas, which belong to the genus Rhododendron, grow well in zones 3 to 9. These plants tolerate acid soil and light shade and produce a large number of flowers in spring. These flowers tend to hang most of the season.
10. Flowering almond
This beautiful flowering shrub is large enough for many people to consider it a shrub, but it doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s absolutely beautiful! The plant grows somewhat stronger later in the fall, but its color otherwise remains the same during much of the warmer months.
11. Saucer magnolia
Another type of magnolia tree that you can grow for a long-lasting color is the saucer magnolia. This plant is a deciduous tree that produces teacup flowers in the colors pink and white. It also has nice gray bark. The tree is hardy in zones 4 to 9. Spirea
12. Seven-son flower
The seven-son flower tree can grow up to 20 feet tall and produce beautiful flowers of pale white flowers with light pink bases. This tree is a drought-hard plant and is well suited for zones 5 to 8.
In the south, the crepe myrtle is the classic landscape tree. These beautiful plants produce beautiful purple and pink flowers at some point in summer, but these flowers last until autumn. It is hardy in zones 7 to 9. If you want to grow a crepe myrtle that can bloom in warmer conditions, consider the early purple crepe myrtle, which can withstand temperatures as warm as zone 10.
14. Chaste Tree
The chaste tree is also known as the sage tree because it produces highly aromatic leaves in light purple tones. You will love how the flowers last all summer. This deer-resistant tree grows well in zones 6 to 9.
15. Higan Cherry
The Higan cherry tree produces beautiful blossoms in shades of pink every spring, and interestingly, these blossoms reappear in the fall. However, the spring show is the most lively as the flowers become a little sparse from autumn to autumn. This landscape tree is perfect for small gardens or in rooms near sidewalks. It is hardy in zones 5 to 8.
16. Japanese horse chestnut
The Japanese horse chestnut has a variety of landscape uses. It is mostly grown as a shadow tree in a back yard, but can also be included in a wild garden. It is a sturdy tree known for its resistance when planted on a road. In early summer, however, it also creates vibrant colors. These flower stems invite pollinators and hummingbirds and last for several weeks.
17. Shrub rose
Modern shrub roses are descendants of classic shrub roses, but hybrids that only came on the market in the 1970s. These ornamental shrubs have the best qualities of an old garden and hybrid tea roses. They are strong, hardy and fragrant – and they bloom almost all spring and summer when they grow in zones 3 to 10.
18. Oklahoma Redbud
The Oklahoma Refund produces beautiful red-pink flowers in early spring. Although the branches of this tree remain bare during the winter months, its beautiful heart-shaped leaves will be a shining gold every fall. It is hardy in zones 6 to 9.
19. Flowering crab apple
The blooming crab apple is the epitome of a shade tree for your garden. As long as you live in zones 3 to 8, you can grow this small to medium-sized tree that produces floral sin in shades of red, pink, and white.
20. American border tree
The American border tree is often referred to as the “dogwood alternative”. It blooms in late spring and produces white flowers that line the tree and red fruits that invite birds and pollinators into your garden.
21. Japanese tree lilac
The Japanese tree lilac, more precisely the Japanese tree lilac ‘Golden Eclipse’, is hardy in zones 4 to 7. This plant produces beautiful cream-colored flowers in late spring. This display extends well into the summer and makes this tree an excellent landscape tree.
22. Shiny Abelia
Shiny Abelia is a beautiful shrubbery that produces elegant red branches. These grow in an arc, accentuated by dark green leaves that turn bronze in autumn. In spring this shrub forms dense pale pink tufts of flowers – of course they have color almost all year round.
The fragrant flowers of the hawthorn tree first appear in mid to late spring. This plant can produce floral sin in red, pink, or white along with dense thorns that appear all over its branches. The berries are bright red and last until the winter months. It is hardy in zones 3 to 7.
This deciduous tree, more like a shrub, grows beautiful ornamental flowers in early spring. These are white, while round green berries turn red and take on a purple-black color in early summer. You can eat the fruits – if the birds don’t hit you!
25. Goldenrain tree
One last flowering tree to consider when looking for the longest flowering trees and shrubs is the golden rain tree. This tree forms drooping clusters of yellow flowers in early to midsummer. A deciduous tree that will shade you well, as it can grow up to 30 feet tall. It can be grown in zones 5 to 8.
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How to choose the best trees and shrubs to plant
In addition to choosing the types of trees and shrubs that appeal to you the most, you also need to choose those that are compatible with your growth zone.
If you’re not sure what growth zone you’re living in, read the USDA guidelines and map to find out. This zone is related to the hardiness of plants at certain temperatures in your region.
Keep in mind that some trees and shrubs take some time to establish, so you may not see flowers or blossoms in your first year. Be patient! The best things in life take time.
However, rest assured that after a few years you will appreciate the long flowering nature of these beautiful trees and shrubs!