Flowering shrubs are one of the easiest ways to liven up your yard. And shrubs that bloom all summer—with zero help from you!—provide structure to planting beds, attract pollinators and add tons of curb appeal. You’ll plant them once and enjoy them for years—how awesome is that? Better yet, some summer-blooming shrubs start flowering in late spring and bloom all the way to a hard frost. (Other reblooming types have their biggest show early in the season, then bloom off and on throughout the season or again with another big flush in early fall.)
When shopping, make sure the shrub is suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone (find yours here). Then plant it in the proper exposure, meaning if it says full sun, you’ll need a spot that gets at least 6 hours or more of direct sunlight. Blooming shrubs need sun in order to flower, so don’t place them in deep shade or you’ll be disappointed. Also, make sure to keep your plant watered as it’s getting established. Flowering takes lots of energy, so you don’t want to stress your new plant out if you’re having a dry spell.