For some of us, the roses are about to bloom; for others, green shoots are holding the promise of greener days to come. Either way, we hope these five shrubs will give you a healthy spring color fix. Think of a spot that you wish had some color right about now and then delve into these useful and really lovely colorful plants.
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Charm alert! Compact mound of aromatic gray-green foliage with delightful ruffled violet-purple petals that flutter above profuse fragrant spikes. Full sun. Zone: 8 – 10 (Spanish lavender also called “French” and also “Butterfly” lavender.)
Slender and carefree makes a great hedge plant for tight spaces. Prolific bloomer, covered with classic bottlebrush spring and early summer. Heat-loving, drought tolerant when established. Full sun. Zone: 8 – 11
Compact form, covered in wonderfully fragrant clusters of creamy-white, button-like double flowers, produces vine-like stems, making it perfect for clipped hedge, small trellis or espalier specimen. Partial to full sun. Zone: 10 – 11
Masses of vibrant, purplish magenta, pea-like flowers adorn the compact mound of gray-green foliage for much of the year. A wonderful patio container plant or mixed into a perennial garden.Partial to full sun. Zone: 9 – 11