Shrubs that Bloom All Year | Year Round Shrubs According to Season

By Evangeline P Alfeche, Owner of Writeandshareit

Know about the shrubs that bloom all year. These year round shrubs according to seasons will make your garden full of blooms and colors.

With careful planning and design, you could have your shrubs flowering in your garden all year long. These colorful flowering shrubs can be the focal points in your landscape and the foundation plants of your garden bringing all the wonders of nature in just one place.

Year Round Shrubs by Seasons

Basically, I have given two of the best flowering shrubs for each season and by growing them in your garden, you will have year round blooms.



Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)

This wonderful flowering shrub that comes almost in any color and in various sizes blooms best with a lot of moisture, partial sun and requires a rich, acidic soil to grow.

Bridal wreath spiraea (Spiraea prunifolia ‘Plena’)

This type of shrub is perfect for the wedding finery with its tiny bunches of white flowers that bloom before it leafs out as it welcomes the spring season. It needs enough sun with well-drained soil.

Brandywine (Viburnum nudum)

In fall, this shrub’s glossy foliage darkens into maroon-red and blooms with white flowers in late spring. As a result, you get pink and blue berries clusters during fall. It needs partial sun and moist soil.


Buddleja 'Lochinch'
Buddleja ‘Lochinch’

Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)

Its spikes are full of white, purple, yellow, blue or pink florets and this flowering shrub blooms starting to appear from the middle of the summer until the first frost. Being a summer plant, it can live in drought and heat.

Mockorange (Philadelphus)

Just like the color of the bridal wreath spiraea, this fragrant flowered shrub starts blooming in late spring to early summer with its fragrant pure white to cream colored flowers lasting for weeks after that. It needs full sun in order to grow.


caryopteris x clandonens
caryopteris x clandonens

Petit Bleu, Sunshine Blue, Miss Sunshine (Caryopteris)

These plants start flowering in late summer with its blue to purple flowers until fall. They are better in a sunny location and well-drained soil.

Kaleidescope Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora)

This shrub is great as a background plant because of its ever changing variegated foliage. Its colors include gold and orange with evergreen leaves in flame shades. Its white flowers bloom in late summer to fall.

Harlequin Glorybower (Clerondendrum trichotomum)

Its white and purple pink flower clusters are nestled above its heart-shaped leaves, which are either cream, sage green or deep green in color. They look best during late summer and in autumn.


Daphne odora
Daphne odora

Daphne Odora (Aureomarginata)

This evergreen shrub with its beautiful clusters of fragrant pink flowers looks great. It blooms anytime during midwinter to early spring. Flowers are surrounded by shiny dark green foliage with golden edges and after the flowers fade, scarlet berries replace them. It is easy to grow and will delight you with its enchanting scent.

Rubella (Skimmia japonica)

Its panicles of red buds appear in winter that makes it among the most colorful shrubs in your garden. Its cones of flowers stay through winter and opens in early spring.

Evangeline P Alfeche Evangeline Alfeche is a professional writer who has written various articles on the web in the past few years. A few of the topics that have captured her interest are home and gardening.

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With careful planning and design, you could have your shrubs flowering in your garden all year long. These colorful flowering shrubs can be the focal points in your landscape and the foundation plants of your garden bringing all the wonders of nature in just one place.


  1. I have 3 buddia ((butterfly bushes).I understand they are suppose to grow wide and high. Mine have not, one does better than the other two. I am so disappointed in them, was told to cut them back in early spring down to 12 to 18 inches. Not goin to this spring. I need help w/ them. Do I need to use more fertilizer, if so , what kind?

    • I have one, quite old now, wide high and lots of new growth all the time. New seedlings coming up everywhere. I don’t fertilise but gets watered with sprinkler with rest of garden. In Adelaide Hills.

    • I’ve read repeatedly to never fertilize buddleja, so that’s not the answer. I understand your frustration because I’ve repeatedly planted, and lost, buddleja bushes for the past few years. They’ll look good the first year, but they either don’t come back at all the following year, or they barely come back and don’t grow much at all during the season, then end up not coming back the following year. I’m in zone 8, and they are all in full sun and well drained soil. I’m so frustrated at the tales of huge, 9 foot buddlejas when mine never get more than a foot high & wide. And no, they are not the smaller hybrids. These are black knight, supposedly the biggest cultivar. I’ve also tried the smaller hybrids, and 2 out of 3 of them never returned the following season, and the remaining one is also stunted and poor looking.

      • I have a couple of Budlia,hope I have spelt it right have had them a few years they grow tall I don’t feed them and I have clay soil and they seem to do well

    • I bought a few of those miniature butterfly bushes 2 years ago and thought I could use them to line the walkway from the garden gate towards the large BB black knight, I was not impressed with thier diminutive blooms especially when you look at the regular BB display. I don’t fertilize mine at all after I did about 5 years ago with all purpose fertilizer and they grew so much and had fewer blooms. I just wait till they leaf out completey after winter, then cut all old wood. They are a beautiful site as you know. I added very low flowing mini solar fountain and those monarchs just party like it’s 1999. I think they are one of the easier to manage and very rewarding shrubs.

  2. I have a butterfly bush I cut mine back when it stops blooming I use it easter time to hang eggs on came back wide and bushy use pine tags to cover in winter cold may burn

    • Borage. It’ll feed those honey bees throughout winter. I let it volunteer over and over again and thus I have Borage blooming throughout most of the year.

  3. Butterfly bushes thrive in a drier climate and partial shade. I’m in the rockies, mine are 9ft. My brother is in FL, he hasn’t had much success at all. I dont mulch the bottom when getting ready for winter, but mine are against my home and most likely draw heat that way. The first year they should reach 4ft. The next year they double in size.

  4. So much wonder information is available for gardening in the north and east. But, I’m in Central/South Texas. The land here is very alkaline, rocky, and full of a white clay called kalechi. Add that to the hot summer tempo and it’s pretty hard to keep a nice yard of grass, much less flowers.
    Many plants survive with a lot of lover but blooms are often few if at all.
    Sure would be nice if someone would share information on growing real flowering plants and bushes here.

  5. Roses are very hardy in central Texas. Try the knock outs. You should be able to grow lavender easily there as well. Don’t water but once every two or three weeks though. Lantana blooms all summer and fall; very self sustaining.

  6. Another easy blooming shrub for central/ south Texas is esperanza. All of tbese ive listed attract butterflies bees and hummingbirds.

    • I love Lantana and in my experience the size varies based on where they are planted. In full sunlight we had one plant which covered a 4×4 area after a few years. I planted several this year which ended up being shaded by a fig tree that grew over them. Although they grew to cover about a 2×2 area, they did not grow as many leaves and did not flower as much as they did before the fig tree grew over them. I planted several in some very hard soil and although they were in a mostly sunny area, they did not grow as much as the others planted at the same time. We had a 4″ snow last night and I hope I protected them enough by covering them with pine straw that they will come back next year. Good luck!

  7. Many are only about 8-10″ tall, but as a kid we had some that got up to probably 15-18″ in the center. Seems like they have a tendency to mound. They do very well in direct sun and with little water.

  8. This is great information. I live in North Florida and we have very hot summers. By mid September or early October most of our flowering plants are burned. Thank you for this post and if you have more info on flowering evergreens, I would love to hear it.

  9. I live in West Virginia. I would like some flowering perrenial shrubs. I have 2 Lilacs but one blooms for a short time and the other one has not started blooming. Roses do not do well.

  10. I live in the Vancouver, BC area in Canada. I planted a butterfly bush about 7 years ago. It was supposed to be a miniature bush but was obviously mistagged as it grows to about 16 feet in the early summer and is loaded with an unbelievable amount of flowers about 5 -6 inches long. I cut it back in spring usually beginning of March to about 8 feet tall and then it has loads of new growth and so many flowers that the branches lean over with the weight. It is up against a south facing fence (to support the weight). It blooms for maybe 2 months if you cut back the flowers that are finished blooming. I then leave the last blooms on the tree (supposed to be a bush) and the winter birds love to eat the seeds all winter. Hummingbirds and butterflies all over the tree when in bloom. Out of guilt I water my tree maybe 2 times a year and have never fertilized it. It has sun for about 6 – 8 hours a day and it has been up in the 30’s this year. The bottom of the tree is in shade and don’t know if that has anything to do with the growth. Most ignored tree in my yard and best producer. I have people I do not know stop and ask me what it is.


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