Choosing zone 8 shrub that flower is very important if you want to grow them in your garden. You will have to choose between different types of flowers. There are many varieties of flowering plants available in the market today, but there are only few species which produce flowers exclusively or mostly during their life cycle (i.e., they do not produce any flowers at all).
- Aloe vera (Avenida)
- Bamboo (Panax quinquefolius)
- Carnation (Viburnum officinale)
- Chrysanthemums (Prunus domestica)
These are just some of the most common plants that produce flowers exclusively during their life cycle.
But what about other kinds of flowering plants? What about those that produce flowers throughout their life cycle? And what about those which produce both kinds of flowers?
There are several kinds of flowering plants that produce both kinds of flowers. They are known as dioecious plants. Dioecious means having two sexes; therefore these plant species reproduce sexually and asexually. Asexual reproduction occurs when one kind of plant does not make seeds, while sexual reproduction occurs when seeds develop from a cell in the reproductive system.
Dicots are also known as angiosperms, and they are more common than monocots. Always make sure that you read about different kinds of plant species to familiarize yourself with them. To be honest, making a choice between different kinds of flowers is a bit complicated because there are several factors that you also have to take into consideration. For example, the climate in which you live in will dictate what kinds of plants can grow and survive there. Some plants are not frost-resistant, so they may have to be grown in greenhouses.
If this is the case for the plant that you want to cultivate, then make sure to get a small one and transfer it into your garden after a few months.
There are different kinds of flowers in the market today. Just make sure to choose wisely so you’ll be happy with the results in the future!
More information: Zone 8 Flowering Shrubs
Shrubs are the backbone of any landscape. They can provide a property with vertical interest, add texture and color, and create privacy. They come in many shapes, sizes, and foliage varieties. While often overlooked, flowering shrubs provide a splash of color to the landscape or garden and are perfect for those who don’t want to cut flowers. This is because they offer the flowers themselves throughout the growing season.
Here are some of the most popular choices for many different areas of the country.
Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) Zone 5
This shrub is great choice for those in zone 5 and even into zone 4. It grows to be about 15 feet tall and wide, so it isn’t too overwhelming in size. They do grow fairly slowly, so they won’t take over the garden. The common lilac grows best in well-draining soil and full sun to part shade. It tends to grow a bit yellow in the leaves in hot summers, so part shade is ideal.
It can be pruned into the shape one wants and also can be sheared if one wants to keep it shorter. When it flowers, the smell is wonderful and one of the most comforting smells for some. It has pink and mauve colored flowers that are very fragrant. It begins flowering in early to mid-May and continues for about a month or so.
Common Shrub Rose (Rosa arvensis) Zone 3
The common shrub rose is a smaller growing rose that can be grown as a large bush or small tree. It grows to be about 6 feet tall and wide. It does best in zones 3 to 8, but can be grown in zone 9 and even as far north as zone 2. It can handle both dry and moist soils, so one doesn’t have to worry about over watering or too much watering. It grows fairly quickly, so it can be trimmed and shaped as one wishes.
It has fragrant pink flowers that bloom from early summer to late summer. The leaves are medium green in color and have a nice shine to them. The plant is a good choice for wildlife because it provides food for them.
Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) Zone 4
The cherry plum is a nice shrub that can be trimmed to any size one wishes. It can be made into a hedge or allowed to grow up into a small tree. It grows to be about 15 feet tall and wide, so it isn’t too overwhelming for smaller yards. It grows best in zones 4 to 7, but can tolerate zone 3 as well. It grows in most types of soil, but does best in moist, well-draining soil.
The leaves are dark green and the flowers are white when they bloom in mid-spring. They have small purple fruits that can be eaten or left for wildlife.
Buckbrush (Ceanothus velutinus) Zone 5
This shrub grows to be about 8 feet tall and wide. It grows in zones 3 to 8. It does best in well-draining soil and dry conditions. It can take some dampness, but will grow much better with dry soil. It grows fairly quickly, so it can be sheared easily if one chooses to do so.
It has very sweet-smelling flowers that are light purple in color. They bloom throughout the spring until mid-summer.
All of these shrubs are fairly easy to grow and maintain. They also help the pollinators in the garden due to their flowers. No one ever thinks about shrubs, but they can really spruce up a garden and keep it looking nice throughout the entire growing season.
Sources & references used in this article:
Dirr’s encyclopedia of trees and shrubs by MA Dirr – 2011 – books.google.com
The Timber Press encyclopedia of flowering shrubs by J Gardiner – 2014 – books.google.com
Contrasting responses of bee communities to coffee flowering at different spatial scales by D Veddeler, AM Klein, T Tscharntke – Oikos, 2006 – Wiley Online Library
Andromonoecy in the New Zealand montane shrub manuka, Leptospermum scoparium (Myrtaceae) by RB Primack, DG Lloyd – American journal of botany, 1980 – Wiley Online Library
Limitation of the recruitment of the shrub Haplopappus squarrosus (Asteraceae) by flower-and seed-feeding insects by SM Louda – The Journal of Ecology, 1982 – JSTOR
Has climatic warming altered spring flowering date of Sonoran Desert shrubs? by JE Bowers – The Southwestern Naturalist, 2007 – BioOne