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Kerria japonica is sometimes called "Japanese rose," although it's not really a rose. It is a deciduous shrub that blooms in mid-spring. I grow the double-flowered type, which produces masses of cute little button flowers. The shrub also affords winter interest, as its branches stay a nice kelly green year-round: http://landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushes/p/japanese_rose.htm

Japanese Rose's Kelly Green Bark Provides Winter Interest

Japanese rose (Kerria japonica) shrub blooms (single or double) in spring and has a nice branching pattern. Its attractive bark gives winter interest.

Fairy rose - best shrub rose ever.  Can't kill it, blooms its head off all summer.

Fairy rose - best shrub rose ever. Can't kill it, blooms its head off all summer. I wonder if these would survive in the flower bed in front of our house. I kill pretty much any flower I have.

Pieris japonica

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Bluebeard Shrub This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. Its extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Name: Caryopteris varieties Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall

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 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

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

Forsythia, herald of spring. I love the way the branches of this forsythia spill over the wall. It's a wild, exuberant look. Here's how to grow forsythia shrubs: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/shrubsbushes/p/forsythia.htm

Need a Vibrant Shrub That Blooms Early or Mid-Spring? It's Hard to Beat Forsythia

Forsythia bushes bloom in early spring and bear vibrant, yellow flowers. Learn all about them, including plant care (pruning, etc.

Dwarf Forsythia (Forsythia x 'Courtasol (Gold Tide)')- Height: 18.0" to 36.0" Spread: 72.0" to 144.0" 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

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

All About Flowering Quince Shrubs

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

The dark foliage and pink button flowers of Tiny Wine® ninebark are bundled together in a petite, drought-tolerant package, reaching a height of 4-5 feet.

Tiny Wine® - Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius

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Dwarf Fothergilla - Monrovia - used for hedges and borders. Attractive in 3 seasons; fragrant showy spring flowers, green leaves in summer and brilliant yellow, red, orange fall color. Low, dense, bushy shrub. Partial to full sun.

Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) - Slow-growing rounded shrub to 3 to 4 ft. Partial to full sun

Pieris japonica is one of the deer-resistant shrubs. Some people like the smell of its flowers, and other don't. Bambi, apparently, falls into the latter camp. You can read about other deer-resistant shrubs at http://landscaping.about.com/od/pestcontrol/a/deer-resistant-shrubs.htm

These Shrubs Aren't Bambi's Favorites (but They Could Be Yours)

Deer-resistant shrubs are foods Bambi tends not to eat. Growing these bushes puts the odds in your favor in areas plagued by this pest.

17 Low-Maintenance Plants and Dwarf Shrubs: The pink flowers on this shrub are followed by red fruit. Cotoneaster horizontalis. Semi-evergreen arching shrub with dark green foliage, pink flowers followed by red fruit. Plant in fertile, average to moist, but welldrained soil. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Height: 5-6 feet Width: 6-8 feet Hardy in USDA zones 4-7: Zone 4: Plant in spring ....

17 Low-Maintenance Plants and Dwarf Shrubs

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