Spring Blooming Shrubs

These shrubs bloom during the early growing season and are great design backbones to any garden or landscape. Add these spring blooming shrubs behind a summer blooming garden to have sequential flowering.

All blooming shrubs require part-sun to full-sun for best bloom production.

Close up of chokeberry blossoms on a shrub.
CHOKEBERRY – White flowers in spring, dark fruit late summer, red/orange foliage in fall. Low maintenance. Drought tolerant. Makes a great low hedge. Bird, bee, and butterfly friendly. Fun sun to part-sun needed. Size range 1’ to 6’ variety dependent.
Purple flowers of a rhododendron with their dark glossy leaves.
RHODODENDRON – Produces an abundance of light purple, dark purple or red flowers on a medium size shrub late spring. Full sun to part-sun needed. Size range 4’ to 6’ variety dependent.
Fluffy purple pinnacle blooms of a lilac shrub.
LILAC– Flowering white, pink to deep purple, fragrant, long lived spring blooming shrub. Prune right after blooming. Easy, low maintenance. Full sun (6+ hours) needed. Bee friendly and deer resistant. Good for hedges or background shrub that blooms before foreground plants.
Size range 4’ to 10’ variety dependent.
VIBURNUM – Fragrant white spring flowering with fall berries. Reddish/purple-hued fall foliage. Full-sun to shade. Bird and bee friendly. Deer resistant. MN native variety is American Cranberry. Size range 3’ to 14’ variety dependent.
CEANOTHUS AMERICANUS – “New Jersey Tea” MN native shrub. A compact shrub with mounding shape. Glossy leaves, numerous clusters of bright white flowers in late spring through July. Full-sun to part-shade. Great for hillsides and slopes. Drought tolerant once established. Size 2-3’x 3’. © Tangsphoto | Megapixl.com
MAGNOLIA – Typically one of the earliest spring flowers. Foliage grows after blooming. Plant in soil that doesn’t get too dry or wet. Best sited in protected area to help prevent frost damage. Size range 15′ to 40′ variety dependent.