Flowering hedge plants: these 21 species are true flowering wonders

When a new hedge is created, it does not have to be green. Only those who want year-round privacy need to plant suitable shrubs here. Otherwise, there are also suitable flowering shrubs for every type of hedge, which are real flowering wonders. Whether for high hedges as a property boundary or low hedges as a bed border, flowering hedge plants are available in all sizes.

Advantage of a flowering hedge

The advantage of a flowering hedge is not the absolutely opaque, evergreen growth, but the abundance of flowers and the often colorful leaf colors. Flowering hedges also change from season to season and offer the evergreen conifers a variety that they cannot offer at all. The flowering hedge plants begin to sprout their fresh leaves in spring, show their decorative flowers in spring and summer and often attractive berries in autumn. In addition, the flowering wonders offer many insects and birds food and a place of retreat. So if you want a changeable and lively garden, you should opt for a flowering hedge. In the following article, a distinction was made between the following types of hedges:

  • flowering shrubs for medium-high hedges
  • tall flowering hedges
  • low flowering hedges

The flowering shrubs are often fast-growing and cannot be pruned as accurately as is the case with evergreen shrubs. For this reason, the flowering hedges also need more space than the evergreen ones. Nevertheless, the colorful hedges should not be missing in any farm or natural garden.

Flowering shrubs for medium-high hedges

Most flowering shrubs are available for hedges that are to be between one and two meters high. A hedge can be created here that consists of only one type of shrub. A colorful hedge with different flower colors is also decorative. The shrubs should be planted offset, not only yellow flowers on one side and only white flowers on the other side. There is also a mixture of early and summer bloomers, so that the hedge blooms throughout the growing season. The flowering wonders among the shrubs for the medium-high hedges include the following in particular:

Berberitze (Berberis)

  • 500 to 600 species
  • up to three meters high
  • evergreen and deciduous varieties
  • has thorns
  • yellow flowers in dense racemes
  • Flowering time in May and June
  • dark red berries in autumn
  • Slightly poisonous in all parts except for fruit
  • hardy

Bladder bush (Colutea)

  • Growth height up to three meters
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Flower color: yellow
  • flower clusters
  • Soil quality: calcareous
  • Location: sunny
  • Fruits are inflated capsules
Note: The capsules contain air and 2% carbon dioxide. It is known that when the pods are crushed, they burst with a slight bang.

Bloodcurrant (Ribes sanguineum)

  • Flower color: red or white
  • Flowering time in April and May
  • bright berries in summer
  • Height of growth up to two meters
  • Location: sunny to semi-shady
  • Soil quality: loamy, sandy, moderately moist
  • kalvertraglich
  • hardy
Tip: If you choose flowering hedge plants and plan the hedge, you should pay attention not only to the height, but also to the color of the flowers and the flowering time, so that the shrubs harmonize perfectly here too.

Bridal muscle (Spiraea x arguta)

  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: April and May
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  • Location: sunny
  • Soil quality: loamy and sandy, slightly damp
  • nutritious
  • hardy
  • Growth height up to two meters

Duftjasmin (Philadelphus coronarius)

  • also known as mock orange or false jasmine
  • flowers as racemes
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering period: May and June
  • Location: partially shaded to sunny
  • Soil loamy and sandy
  • Soil slightly dry to moist
  • lime tolerant
  • hardy
  • strongly scented

Fingerstrauch (Potentilla)

  • Flower color dependent on variety
  • orange, white, pink, red or yellow
  • Flowering period from June to October
  • cup flowers
  • Location: sunny
  • moderately moist, sandy and loamy soil
  • sensitive to lime
  • only water with rainwater
  • hardy
  • Growth height up to two meters
Tip: If you are looking for a flowering miracle among the shrubs, then these are definitely the varieties from the cinquefoil family. Because the shrubs captivate with many flowers throughout the summer into autumn and fit perfectly into any farmer’s or natural garden.

Forsythie (Forsythia)

  • numerous small yellow flowers
  • Flowering time: April and May
  • sunny location
  • Clay and gravel soil, slightly damp
  • tolerates lime
  • needs a lot of nutrients
  • Growth height up to two meters
Tip: The forsythia is characterized by the fact that it first develops its yellow flowers and then sprout the new leaves. The yellow blossom merges seamlessly into the green foliage of the graceful shrub. The leaves are light green when they sprout and darken over the summer.

Garden Marshmallow (Hibiscus syriacus)

  • only this cultivar is suitable as a flowering hedge plant
  • Plant genus Hibiscus several hundred species
  • Growth height up to three meters
  • slow growing and late budding
  • Flowering period August to October
  • bell flowers
  • Flower color violet
  • Location: full sun
  • Soil with high nutrient content
  • fresh to moderately dry and well-drained
Note: For cultivation in a hedge, i.e. also in a garden bed, only the bred and therefore robust and winter-hardy garden marshmallow from the whole hibiscus varieties is suitable. All others must be protected in the local latitudes in winter and should therefore only be cultivated in tubs.

Königsflieder (Syringa x chinensis)

  • also known as Chinese lilac
  • summer green
  • Growth height up to three meters
  • Flowering period: May and June
  • strongly scented flowers
  • pink to violet or white
  • Location: full sun
  • dry heat is tolerated
  • very tolerant to any type of soil
  • Avoid waterlogging and compacted soil
Note: Since the cultivated varieties of lilac, like the royal lilac, are very robust and wind-resistant, they are often cultivated as a windbreak hedge, especially in northern Germany.

Kornelkirsche (Cornus mas)

  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: March and April
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  • Fruit color: bright red
  • Location sunny to semi-shady
  • Soil loamy to sandy, fresh and dry
  • humus and nutritious
  • prefers calcareous soil
  • hardy
  • summer green
Tip: The cornus has been listed among the semi-tall flowering hedge plants because the plant is a very slow-growing one. Even if it can grow up to five meters tall, this takes many years, because the shrub only grows about 30 centimeters in a year.

Rotblättrige Blasenspiere (Physocarpus opulifolius)

  • also known as a pheasant spar
  • belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae)
  • Flower color: pink and white
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Flowers in dense clusters
  • Leaf color: dark red
  • Location: any from shady to sunny
  • Soil loamy and sandy, rich in nutrients
  • Growth height up to three meters

Weigelie (Weigelia)

  • Flower color: pink and white
  • Flowering period: May and June
  • Location: sunny to slightly semi-shady
  • Soil quality: sand and clay
  • Lime is tolerated
  • Substrate fresh and moist
  • nutritious
Tip: If nutrient-rich soil is desired for the hedge plants presented, then they should be supplied with compost and horn shavings once a year in spring, which should be lifted under. If the soil is mulched throughout the year, more nutrients are released and released. In addition, mulching prevents the soil from drying out as quickly.

High hedges

The hedge plants mentioned under the tall hedges are true flowering wonders and can grow up to five meters or more. This means that an absolute visual protection to the outside to the street or to the neighbors is guaranteed. At the same time, these flowering hedge plants are also suitable for framing the house with a farmer’s garden or a natural garden, because their density, height and many flowers provide shelter for local birds and insects. Tall hedge plants include the following:

Kolkwitzie (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

  • grows wild in the country of origin China
  • Flower color: pink
  • Flowering period: May and June
  • Location: sunny to semi-shady
  • Clay soil mixed with gravel
  • slightly dry to slightly moist
  • only moderately nutritious
  • tolerates lime
  • hardy
  • Growth height between four and five meters

Copper Pear (Amelanchier lamarckii)

  • white bloom
  • Flowering time in April and May
  • grape-shaped flowers
  • Leaves glow copper-red when they sprout
  • sunny to partially shaded location
  • moist to slightly dry soil
  • Substrate mixture of sand and loam
  • prefers calcareous soil
  • hardy
  • Growth height up to six meters
Tip: The ripe, blue-black fruits of the rock pear taste pleasantly sweet and can be eaten raw. But they are also very suitable for jellies, jams and as juice. They look like currants or raisins, not pears.

Black elder (Sambucus nigra)

  • Flowers: white, large cymes
  • Flowering period: from May to July
  • black elderberries in autumn
  • slightly toxic raw
  • usable
  • sunny to partially shaded location
  • Soil loamy and sandy, slightly dry to moist
  • nutritious
  • kalkliebend
  • Growth height up to seven meters

Weißdorn (Crataegus)

  • summer green
  • Growth height up to ten meters
  • Flower color: cream or white
  • Flowers as umbelliferous panicles
  • Flowering time: in May and June
  • edible fruits from September
  • hardy
  • sunny to partially shaded location
  • Soil well-drained, slightly dry to moist
  • nutritious

Low hedges

Low hedges are also needed more often than you think. The flowering hedge plants presented here usually reach the one meter mark, they don’t get much higher. Low hedges in the garden can, for example, border a seat without being a privacy screen. Low hedges are also popular in the front yard as a small hedge facing the street. The following shrubs are true flowering wonders and are ideal for low hedges:


  • wild roses in particular are rosehip roses
  • different shapes, sizes and colors
  • Varieties “Apple Blossom”, “Sweet Haze”, “Red Meidiland”
  • Flowering period from May to September
  • then the rosehips form
  • do not cut off the last flower
  • Location sunny
  • nutrient-rich, well-drained soil
  • slightly dry to slightly moist
Tip: If you want a colorful eye-catcher in the otherwise gloomy garden in autumn and well into winter, then the rosehip roses with their red fruits are ideal as hedge plants for a low hedge in autumn.

Hydrangea (Hydrangea)

  • white, pink, or blue balls of flowers
  • requires aluminum fertilizer for blue flowers
  • Flowering period from May to October
  • partially shaded location
  • acidic and humic soil
  • always slightly damp
  • don’t let it dry out
  • turkey compatible
  • Avoid waterlogging
  • conditionally hardy
Note: If you buy hydrangeas with blue flowers in stores, don’t be surprised if the plant suddenly has pink flowers next year. Because the blue flowers only appear if you fertilize with aluminum fertilizer from the trade in winter, which then discolours the flowers accordingly.

Ranunkelstrauch (Kerria)

  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering period: April to June, second flowering in September
  • filled individual flowers
  • Location: sun and shade is tolerated
  • loamy soil mixed with gravel
  • fresh, moist substrate
  • little nutritious
  • hardy
  • Growth height: between one and two meters
  • overhanging branches

Spierstrauch (Spiraea)

  • Dwarf Shrub Japanese Spiers
  • only up to a meter high
  • lush white bloom
  • Inflorescences over the entire previous year’s shoot
  • Flowering time from June
  • sunny location
  • moist and well-drained soil
  • turkey compatible
  • hardy
Tip: The Japanese Spire is particularly suitable for flowering low hedges, because the white flowers can also be combined well with all other flower colors.

Zierquitte (Chaenomeles)

  • belong to the rose family (Rosaceae)
  • summer green
  • Growth height slightly over a meter
  • Shoots have thorns
  • Cup flowers with colored bracts
  • white, pink or red
  • Flowering time from March
  • before leaf emergence
  • nutrient-rich, moist and loamy soil
  • sunny location
Tip: The fruits of the ornamental quince are bright yellow and small and exude an aromatic scent. In addition, the fruits are edible, so the term ornamental quince is actually misleading.

Kira Bellingham

I'm a homes writer and editor with more than 20 years' experience in publishing. I have worked across many titles, including Ideal Home and, of course, Homes & Gardens. My day job is as Chief Group Sub Editor across the homes and interiors titles in the group. This has given me broad experience in interiors advice on just about every subject. I'm obsessed with interiors and delighted to be part of the Homes & Gardens team.

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