Flowering shrubs add color and structure to any garden. They can serve as ground cover or privacy screens and are always a beautiful eye-catcher in the middle of the garden. Plus, the scent of the blooming garden shrubs is another bonus. You can enjoy all these advantages of flowering shrubs from spring to late autumn. After the first spring flowers, many blooming summer shrubs ensure that your garden is bright and full of color in summer.
10 flowering shrubs that will transform your garden into a blaze of color in summer
Here are the most popular summer flowering perennials to grow in your garden. Take a look at the suggestions below and find the most suitable shrubs for your own outdoor space.
Which garden shrubs bloom in summer?
Popular flowering shrubs that show their splendor in summer
The butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) is popular everywhere. It scores with its soft green leaves, the wonderful colors of the flowers and its wonderful scent. This flowering shrub needs full sun. It grows fast and is perennial. However, it is one of those plants that sometimes die for no reason. The flowering period begins in mid-summer and continues into late autumn.
Enjoy the magical scent of the butterfly bush!
Real spice bush
The real spice shrub (Calycanthus floridus) is an easy-care garden shrub that needs a sunny to slightly shady location. This summer-flowering perennial has a specific scent of wood and bark and is therefore often called allspice. The flowering period begins in late spring at the end of May and lasts until the end of July.
A summer flowering perennial with a unique fragrance
Clove pepper in your own garden
The Caucasian Daphne (Daphne caucasica) is a lesser-known cousin of the famous fragrant Daphne from our grandmothers’ gardens. The white flowers of the Caucasian Daphne are hardy and strongly scented. This shrub flowers in mid-summer and its blooming continues through the autumn months, sometimes until the first hard frost. Well-drained soil and full to partial sun are all this flowering garden perennial needs.
Caucasian Daphne is easy to care for and hardy
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) thrives in Central Europe both as a garden shrub and as a container plant. The ornamental tree, which originates from China and Korea, is a popular street tree in southern Europe. Crape myrtle blooms from the end of July to October only when it is warm for a long time. So it needs a full sun location.
The flowers of the crape myrtle are somewhat similar to those of the lilac
Lagerstroemia indica is a beautiful ornamental tree
Spirea flowers almost continuously from late spring to late summer. Beautiful pink or magenta flowers on almost neon green leaves make these perennials a fabulous low maintenance shrub for any landscape.
Spiraea can also flower in white
Losbaum (Clerodendrum trichotomum) is another flowering shrub with bright white or pink, heavily scented flowers that open in mid-summer. In August or September, the flowers are replaced by dark blue berries that eventually turn black. However, this garden perennial needs plenty of sun and well-drained soil.
The Losbaum is a beautifully scented ornamental tree
Small-leaved autumn lilac
Small-leaved autumn lilac (Syringa microphylla) is an easy-care, hardy and at the same time heat-tolerant garden shrub that also thrives as a container plant on the balcony. However, it needs a sunny location in order to be able to bloom profusely from June to October. The pink flowers exude a wonderful, slightly tart scent.
The autumn lilac provides a wonderful fragrance in your garden until autumn
Oak-leaved hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) blooms profusely in June with white flowers and then continues through the summer months, with flowers turning purple in the fall. This shrub does well in rich organic soil. It likes both sun and shade, making it a perfect plant for almost any garden.
Hydrangeas are also a summer flowering perennial
The cinquefoil (Potentilla) belongs to the rose family and blooms magnificently in various shades from yellow to pink. Pruning in early spring to keep the shrub compact extends its flowering period from June to October.
The cinquefoil needs a full sun location
Alder-leaved cinnamon alder
The cinnamon alder (Clethra alnifolia) is also a strongly fragrant bloomer. This flowering perennial has either pink or white flowers. The garden shrub needs moist, slightly acidic soil. The flowering period begins in late spring and lasts until early autumn.
The wood is also known under the names Scheineller or silver candle bush
Flowering shrubs that bloom in summer will transform your sunny garden or balcony into a colorful ambiance where you can quietly relax and enjoy the beauty of nature directly.
Magnificent flowering shrubs are always an eye-catcher in the garden