The climate across the continental US is as varied as can be. From the furthest reaches of the Northeast Atlantic coast- with brutal, biting winters- to the deepest depths of the arid Southwest, there are ambient conditions across the country as unique as plant species. And for each of these climates, there is a range of shrubs you should restrict yourself to planting in your garden.
Black chokeberry is a tough, 3- to 5-foot-tall shrub which tolerates extreme cold in a variety of soils and exposures. A bloom of white or pinkish flowers, the black chokeberry also features fall color is bright red-purple and lasts for several weeks. Use this somewhat leggy shrub as a filler or in background plantings.
Summersweet summer-blooming shrub actually flowers in the shade. Featuring ornamental fragrant white or pink flowers , the summersweet shrub features handsome dark-green leaves, which turn pale yellow to golden in fall. The plant typically grows 6 to 8 feet tall and spreads slowly by suckers to form dense clumps. The dwarf, white-flowered variety ‘Hummingbird,’ shown left with pink-flowered ‘Ruby Spice,’ grows 3 to 4 feet tall with an equal spread. It also provides heavy shade and thrives in wet, acidic soil. Also resilient to coastal ocean spray along the sea coast.
Maine to South Florida
‘Annabelle’ hydrangea produces foot-wide clusters of white flowers growing about 4 feet high. Flowers last for up to two months during summer and is perfect in groupings. the annabelle hydrangea plant does best in moist, rich, well-drained soil in light to moderate shade. Though it’s deciduous, it’s hardy and can survive to -30°.