Bluebeard Also known as blue-mist spirea, bluebeard is a late-season bloomer with powder-puff blue, pink, or purple flowers on compact plants with gray-green foliage. Selections offering variegated or gold foliage are also available.
Weigela Shrub: Old-Fashioned Favorite With Exciting New Cultivars
Weigela shrub is a traditional favorite. Pictured here is the standard weigela, but there also exist types with variegated leaves and even with golden foliage. The popular cultivar, 'Wine and Roses' has dark-colored leaves. Read about growing weigela in this article: http://landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushes/p/weigela_florida.htm
Dwarf Forsythia (Forsythia x 'Courtasol (Gold Tide)')- Height: to Spread: to Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun Growth Rate: Fast Moisture: Moist Soil Condition: Clay, Sandy, Well Drained Form: Spreading Landscape Uses: Erosion Control, Ground Cover
Mandarin flowering quince (Chaenomeles x superba 'Mandarin') can easily grow to be 6x6 without pruning. Its selling point is its bright orange flowers in early spring. Blooms precede leaves, which start out red but then become dark green. Learn more about flowering quince: http://landscaping.about.com/od/Tall-Perennials/p/flowering-quince-shrubs.htm