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recommend flowering bush?


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From:Date:Zone:
Cas07-May-02 11:55 AM EST 6a   
Susan07-May-02 01:36 PM EST 6a   
marg07-May-02 02:18 PM EST   
marg07-May-02 02:18 PM EST   
marg07-May-02 02:22 PM EST 5b   
Chris,07-May-02 04:21 PM EST   
Joanne07-May-02 08:03 PM EST 5a   
Lee07-May-02 09:13 PM EST 5a   
C.01-Jul-02 05:42 PM EST 7   


Subject: recommend flowering bush?
From: Cas
Zone: 6a
Date: 07-May-02 11:55 AM EST

Would like to plant a bush that flowers all summer. Can you recommend any that are low maintenance, full sun. Any size.


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 07-May-02 01:36 PM EST

Potentillas! The yellow ones are unattractive to me but I like the Pink Princess or Pink Beauty ones and McKay's White or Abbotswood White. They're low (usually 2-3 feet), mounding things with pretty foliage and they bloom from June to October, non-stop! Because they're small, the go nicely with perennials - my potentilla shrubs are part of my perennial beds. They like full sun, are drought tolerant, mine have never had any problems with pests or diseases (even though they're a distant relative of roses...) and they require no care - you can prune them a bit in the spring if you want to adjust their shape a bit...) For all-summer bloom in a shrub, they can't be beat!


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: marg
Zone:
Date: 07-May-02 02:18 PM EST


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: marg
Zone:
Date: 07-May-02 02:18 PM EST


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 07-May-02 02:22 PM EST

Well, here I go again! Maybe this time I'll get it right. I like the weigelia bush. It has pink or red tubular flowers. Hummers like them. They can get large though. Mine is now about 5'.


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: Chris,
Zone:
Date: 07-May-02 04:21 PM EST

Try the potentillas they are easy to grow, hardy and will produce all summer lots of flowers, Try to get the varieties Mango Tango or Pink Beauty. Belief me this are the best potentilla varieties yoou can buy . I think both varieties are developed at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Good luck. Chris


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: Joanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 07-May-02 08:03 PM EST

Buddleias start flowering in August and continue until frost. Mine need protection, but they should grow well in zone 6.


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 07-May-02 09:13 PM EST

I recently bought the spirea Shirobana a small compact hardy shrub that flowers from July to Sept. It has white and pink flowers on the same shrub. They say it is low maintenance.


Subject: RE: recommend flowering bush?
From: C. (leela44@hotmail.com)
Zone: 7
Date: 01-Jul-02 05:42 PM EST

My vote is also for Potentillas, buddleia davidii(butterfly bush),spirea Shirobana(mine grows to about 4 1/2ft by 4-6ft wide )only ever pruned it no special mtnce.,variegated wiegela, and wine and roses wiegela are pretty.I have carpet roses which bloom right until Dec most years (my zone) they have a slight fragrance and have grown so much that one sprawls up against a fence to about 5 ft tall. I only deadhead them to encourage more blooms and tidy up and they rarely have lots of blackspot. They are hardy so should be good for your zone. The butterfly bush attains about 12 ft. for me . I have a 'black knight; BB ,which did not grow as tall and seems thave a finer more slender appearance , stunning almost blackpurple flowers . For this bush the more you cut the seedheads (panicles) off the more they bloom over the summer until frost. Leave it alone then until spring ,and cut back hard even to about 6-8 inches from ground at the same time you would prune back your roses usually, it produces flowers on new wood only. Good luck, Cas !


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