There are many types of ornamental plants of representative species, from short to tall ones. What looks the most ornate will not always be what you are looking for. Sometimes, you need a bush for privacy, other times, for a formal fence. Other times, you will need a strong shrub for planting in a challenging landscape area. Come on, see 10 representative species of ornamental plants below!
You may not see much difference at first between the peony tree (Paeonia suffruticosa) and the more famous perennial relative (P. lactiflora). But what makes the shrub earlier is that it has woody trunks that endure the winter. But this fact doesn’t make her a multi-seasonal star (the stems aren’t flashy enough for that): It’s all about spring blossoms with this plant.
Suitable for zones 4 through 8 (full sun to dappled shade), this shrub has flowers that bloom as vividly as you will find in northern landscapes. It can grow to five feet tall and wide.
As an evergreen plant, holly (Ilex) automatically meets the requirements for multi-season blossoms. Some English species (I. aquifolium) have variegated leaves, although they can withstand cold only as far north as zone 6.
Berry Holly adds color to fall and winter landscapes. These berries also feed some of the wild birds that come to your yard, such as blue jays. An excellent producer of bright red berries is Princess Biru (I. x meserveae ‘Princess Biru’). It has a maximum height of 15 feet and a width of 10 feet. Grow in zones 5 through 8, in full sun to partial shade.
Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus usually blooms at the right time. It is especially prized as a shrub that blooms in late summer when the colors of the flowers in your landscape are running out of steam. This timekeeping is much more impressive than it looks, and the bush does not offer multi-season flowers.
‘Blue Chiffon’, with its lavender blue flowers, is the type that is commonly grown. This plant in full sun reaches a height of 8 to 12 feet (with a narrower spread) and is best grown in zones 5 through 8.
Slow and steady wins the race in the landscape workhorse case for zones 5 through 9. It doesn’t always wow you at certain times of the year, but gives you a reason to get out on the lawn and admire it all four seasons of the year. The ‘Ruby Slippers’ cultivar is compact 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.
This is a big mistake in early summer, when at that time it offers a large collection of white flowers. In autumn, the flower heads have a pink tinge. More importantly, Hydrangea quercifolia is one of the best fall foliage shrubs. In winter and spring, with the foliage blocking, you can enjoy an attractive branching garden.
Provide afternoon shade in hot climates. Further north, oakleaf hydrangeas can absorb more sunlight. In fact, the lack of sunlight in the North can lead to disappointing fall colors.
Summerific Perfect Storm Hibiscus
Perfect Storm is a type of powerful hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Perfect Storm’). It is 3 feet tall (with a similar spread), is suitable for zones 5 through 9, and loves full sun.
This plant blooms astonishing, alone, two-colored flowers (pink petals that surround a red center) that are 7 to 8 inches in diameter; The addition of its dark, rich leaf color makes it a no-brainer.
Many gardeners like to plant at least one type of rose in the yard. Unless you’re a green thumb, you might as well go for roses that don’t need a lot of care and bloom all summer long. Enter Rosa Candy Oh, one of the finest hassle-free roses.
Candy Oh (zones 4 through 9, full sun) displays reddish flowers on stems 3 to 4 feet tall. Just when you think it can’t flower anymore for you, it brings out even more flowers, all the while asking for very little care.
You can more or less ignore it until (unless) you feel it’s too big, at which point you can trim it. But even pruning isn’t the finicky operation one might expect with most roses in Candy Oh’s case.
Syringa vulgaris is a classic purple flower for gardens in North America. These flowers native to Europe bring you fragrance, as well as stunning beauty, in late spring. These qualities make up for its unattractive offering on the lawn once the blooming season is over.
The kind with purple flowers is especially popular. Lilac ‘Wild River Double’ is one cultivar with purple flowers (12 to 15 feet high, with a narrower spread, zones 3 to 7, full sun to partial shade).
Gardeners in the South can grow the fabulous Gardenia jasminoides as a landscape shrub because it’s an 8-to-11 zone plant. Grow in partial shade. The shrub can be 8 feet tall and wide, has gorgeous dark green foliage, and has white flowers that are one of the most fragrant.
Beautyberry (Callicarpa) blooms in only one season (fall) when its curved branches are filled with berries. But the berries’ stunning beauty makes it hard to argue against including this shrub (4 to 5 feet high and wide, zones 5 to 8, full sun to partial shade) on our list of the best ornamental shrubs. The unusual color of the berries makes them one of the most delightful plants to grow in the yard.
Incrediball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’) is another one-trick pony, but that one trick is a game changer. It’s all about size with this flowering and deciduous shrub: it’s not the size of the overall plant (which is 4 to 5 feet tall and wide), but the size of the flower heads, which gives your yard the wow factor throughout much of the summer.
Even gardeners who generally didn’t care much for white flowers were charmed by Incrediball. The flower heads are round about 12 inches in size. Grow in full sun to partial shade in zones 4 through 9.
Well Ruppers, now you already know 10 representative species of ornamental plants. Which ornamental plants are suitable for decorating your garden?
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