With spring just around the corner, many homeowners are looking to spruce up their yards. Auburn Landscaping Pros can help you with that! Adding flowering shrubs is a great way to add color to your yard, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 beautiful flowering shrubs that are great for the spring.

1.Lilac– throw open your windows on a warm day in May, and you’re apt to be greeted by the intoxicating, unmistakable fragrance of spring-blooming Lilacs. Early-, mid- and late-season cultivars extend the bloom time for at least 6 weeks. Newer re-blooming varieties bloom once in spring and again in summer through fall. Lilac plants thrive in areas that stay cooler during the summer. They are great in borders or hedges and make an attractive addition to any garden. Another benefit is that their blooms make for beautiful fresh-cut flowers!

Tip: Lilacs prefer at least 6 hours of sun per day and should be planted in an area with good air circulation.

2.Forsythia– This plant produces undeniably vibrant yellow colors. While the bloom time for this plant is only a few weeks, its worth it to plant a few of these shrubs for their bold and beautiful spring-time colors. Forsythia is best planted as a background or border shrub where their branches won’t look awry. Even better is that tiny dwarf versions of these plants exist and are great for small, city gardens.

Tip: Prune your Forsythia bush immediately after the flowers fade to encourage new growth           .

3.Weigela– This shrub is known for its white and pink flowers. he trumpet-shaped flowers are a favorite of bees and hummingbirds, and often continue to bloom in scattered fashion from mid to late summer. Weigela will thrive in almost any location. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun, but will tolerate just about any condition other than dense shade. Like forsythia, which is a close botanical relative, weigela also has an open growing habit and should be planted in a location where it will have room to spread its branches.

Tip: Weigelas bloom on wood that is a year old, so they should be pruned in late spring immediately after flowering to promote repeat bloom the following season.

4.Limelight Hydrangea– These shrubs are great because they are one of the few flowering shrubs that produce spectacular blooms even in partial shade. This fast-growing, upright shrub produces large cone-shaped panicles in late July. These cones change color as they mature, from lime-green to white and finally to a rosy pink, ensuring your garden or yard has an array of colorful plantings throughout the warm season. Limelight works best as an accent plant or in groups in a  garden or on a border. Plant in partial shade to full sun and in well-drained soil.

Tip:  Prune your hydrangea bush back aggressively in late fall or early spring before new growth appears. This will ensure regrowth during the growing season.

5.Butterfly Bush- The Butterfly bush has honey-scented blooms that are irresistible to butterflies and bees. The blossoms come in a variety of shades from bright pink to dark purple and have a long blooming season from mid-summer into fall. This bush is best planted near a garden pathway, patio, or entry so you can enjoy the presence of the butterflies this bush will attract.

Tip: Plant the butterfly bush in full sun and in well-drained soil. Removing dead flower clusters will also promote new flower growth.