A flourishing and green variety in the garden all year round is offered when various ornamental shrubs are cultivated distributed in the various corners. The following article briefly presents representative early to late bloomers and evergreen or winter-blooming shrubs.

early bloomers

As early as spring, when the cold days come to an end, the early flowering shrubs begin to show their full splendor and bring a little color to the garden, which is otherwise often drab from the winter:

Bridal muscle (Spiraea arguta)

  • Flowering April to May
  • white veil of flowers
  • Doldentrauben
  • sunny location
  • can be cultivated in a bucket
  • deciduous
  • subtle yellow autumn colour
  • Height between 1.50 and two meters

Goldglöckchen (Forsythia x intermedia)

  • better known as forsythia
  • bright yellow flowers
  • appear before the leaves emerge
  • bell shaped
  • Flowering time April to May
  • Height two to three meters
  • deciduous
  • yellow autumn colour
  • sunny location
Note: All trees and shrubs presented here are not only representative as shrubs, but also hardy and can be placed in the garden bed, in a garden corner, as a hedge or as a solitary plant all year round without hesitation.


  • sunny location
  • many different types
  • Flowering from May to June
  • many different flower colors
  • white, violet, pink, red
  • big flowers
  • Growth height between 70 cm and three meters
  • deciduous species
  • evergreen species
  • hardy hybrids
Note: Rhododendrons used to need acidic soil, but today there are many hybrids that can grow in any soil.

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

  • very hardy
  • suitable for beds and tubs
  • bright white flowers
  • 10 cm star flowers
  • can live up to 40 years
  • sunny location
  • Flowering time from February to April
  • before leaf emergence
  • deciduous
  • between 1.50 and 3 meters high
Note: In contrast to the magnolia trees, the star magnolia is a shrub that can look very representative in a garden corner or as a solitaire in the meadow.

late bloomers

Also in summer and autumn there are many flowering shrubs that look very representative. Once the early bloomers have faded, the following late bloomers can take center stage:

Ball-Hortensie (Hydrangea macrophylla)

  • blooms in autumn
  • from June to October
  • Flowering until the first frost
  • very hardy
  • deciduous
  • only up to a meter high
  • also suitable for tub cultivation
  • very large balls of flowers
  • red-purple with a blue center
  • partially shaded location

Herbstflieder (Syringa microphylla)

  • 20 cm long flower panicles
  • pink to purple flowers
  • Flowering time between May and June
  • second flowering in October
  • grows up to 1.20 meters high
  • slow growth
  • deciduous
  • sunny location
  • hardy

Mönchspfeffer (Vitex agnus-castus)

  • sunny location
  • particularly wet soil
  • found in nature on river banks
  • blue-violet lip flowers
  • red-black fruits
  • grey-green leaves
  • Flowering from August to October
  • fruit in winter
  • grows between one and three meters high

Rispenhortensie (Hydrangea paniculata)

  • sunny to partially shaded location
  • hardy
  • impressive flower spikes
  • fading from white to pink
  • Flowering time from July to October
  • grows two to three meters high
  • can also be cultivated in tubs
  • deciduous
Tip: If you provide the shrubs with a potassium fertilizer in autumn, then they will be strengthened again for the winter and the frosty temperatures.

Schmetterlingsflieder (Buddleja davidii)

  • large panicles of flowers
  • purple flowers
  • sunny to partially shaded location
  • hardy
  • Flowering time from July to October
  • Growth height between two and three meters
  • deciduous

Seven Sons of Heaven (Heptacodium miconioides)

originally from Asia

  • white flowers
  • first flowering June
  • second flowering period August to November
  • then purple red fruits
  • dark green leaves
  • sunny location
  • very hardy
  • Growth height up to four meters
Note: If you have cultivated late-flowering trees and shrubs in your garden, you should make sure that they are not cut before winter but only in early spring from February before the new shoots.

star bush (Deutzia scabra)

  • long spikes of flowers
  • richly filled
  • monumental stature
  • 2.50 to 3.50 meters high
  • Flowering period June and July
  • ideal for cottage garden
  • very extensive growth
  • deciduous
  • hardy
Idea: The star bush grows in a dense, clump-like arrangement directly out of the ground and becomes very wide if you let it. It is therefore also very suitable as a blooming privacy screen in summer.

Waldrebe (Clematis)

  • not just a climbing plant
  • can also be cultivated as a dense shrub
  • Well suited for tubs and beds
  • violet flowers
  • two heydays
  • July August
  • September October
  • up to a meter high
  • good hardy

Weigelie (Weigelia)

  • very hardy shrub
  • hardy
  • colorful foliage in autumn
  • Flowering period from May to July
  • Height of growth two to three meters
  • Flower color ruby ​​red
  • Flowers in clusters
  • sunny location

winter bloomers

Even for the winter there are various shrubs that now make the garden look decorative when everything around is already dreary and barren:

Winterjasmin (Jasminum nudiflorum)

  • decorative yellow winter flowers
  • star shaped
  • as an overhanging solitaire
  • Growth height up to two meters
  • as a climbing plant on a wall
  • as a climbing plant up to 3.5 meters
  • can also be cultivated in tubs
  • Flowering time from December to March
  • hardy
  • sunny location
Note: If you choose winter jasmine for your garden corner or the empty winter terrace, your neighbors will be amazed. Because the representative shrub is still a rarity in the local latitudes.

Winterschneeball (Viburnum bodnantense)

  • Flowers after leaf drop
  • Flowering time from November to April
  • Height from two to 2.5 meters
  • pink white flowers
  • intense fragrance
  • red to dark violet autumn colour
  • umbrella panicles
  • sunny location
  • Plant neighbors crocuses or snowdrops

Witch hazel (Hamamelis intermedia)

  • sheltered sunny location
  • ruffled flowers
  • burgundy flowers
  • Flowering period from January to February
  • before the new shoot
  • Growth height between two and three meters
  • can also be cultivated in tubs
  • broad bushy
  • hardy
  • deciduous


Many of the featured flowering shrub species are deciduous. If a little green is to prevail in winter, then the following evergreen trees are suitable, which are a decorative eye-catcher both in a hedge as a privacy screen and as a solitaire in the wintry garden:

Berberitze (Berberis)

  • Flowering time between May and June
  • yellow flowers
  • leaves leathery
  • rich green color
  • sunny location
  • as a specimen or hedge plant
  • up to three meters high
  • hardy
Tip: The evergreen deciduous shrubs presented here usually have thick, firm, rich green leaves reminiscent of leather. Here you can easily distinguish between evergreen deciduous shrubs and deciduous ones. Because these usually have thin, delicate leaves.

Kirschlorbeer (Prunus laurocerasus)

  • Flowering time between May and June
  • forms dark berry panicles
  • leaves narrow
  • glittering
  • dark green
  • sunny to partially shaded location
  • Pot cultivation possible
  • valued as a hedge plant
  • grows up to 3.50 meters high
Note: The small, black berries are very popular with birds in autumn.

Tree of Life (Thuja occidentalis)

  • also known as conifer species
  • no bloom
  • no fruit
  • evergreen
  • popular as a hedge plant
  • grows between two and five meters high
  • Width up to two meters
  • sunny location
  • hardy

Bay viburnum (Viburnum tinus)

  • evergreen shrub
  • white to pink flowers
  • Flowering time November to April
  • red-brown buds in late autumn
  • hardy
  • grows up to 1.5 meters high
  • slow growth
  • sunny to partially shaded location

Winterblühende Heide (Erica darleyensis)

  • very small shrub species
  • Height between 30 and 40 centimeters
  • Flowering time from December to April/May
  • also for tub cultivation
  • sunny to partially shaded location
  • Avoid summer sun
  • white flowers
  • prefers sandy, lean soil
  • evergreen
Tip: The white heather, as the winter heath is also called, is also very popular in cemeteries. Because here it is often used as a bed enclosure due to its small size.

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