If you want to beautify your landscape with flowering shrubs, early spring provides ideal conditions for planting. The soil is moist from winter rains and moderate temperatures, creating a favorable root establishment and growth environment. Planting in early spring ensures flowering shrubs have sufficient time to establish themselves and develop flower buds before the blooming season arrives. The following are some of the most beautiful flowering shrubs perfect for landscape planting in Barrington, Illinois.

Rose (Rosa)

No introduction is necessary for this beautiful flowering shrub. Roses come in various colors, from red to pink, white, yellow, purple, and peach, having been cultivated for hundreds of years. Roses are often considered challenging to maintain, but it’s easier than one might imagine. They continue to bloom from spring into fall with regular professional deadheading. 

The following are some of the best-suited roses for Midwest gardens in Barrington, Illinois: 

Shrub Roses, also called landscape roses, are resilient against even the harshest winters, produce abundant, repeat blooms, and are noted for their resistance to common rose diseases.

Hybrid Tea Roses are the quintessential benchmark for all other rose varieties. Recognizable to most as the elegant, long-stemmed roses exchanged on Valentine’s Day, they epitomize grace and beauty, captivating with their abundant blooms boasting anywhere from 30 to 50 petals. 

Grandiflora Roses blend the finest attributes of the showy blooms seen in hybrid tea roses with the prolific cluster formation characteristic of floribunda roses. These roses offer a perfect fusion of beauty and practicality and boast a larger stature and greater height than their hybrid tea counterparts.

Floribunda Roses are prized for their abundant clusters of flowers and low-maintenance nature, offering a near-hands-free experience in caring for these resilient blooms. Unlike hybrid tea or grandiflora roses, they boast a continuous blooming cycle, extending far beyond the typical six- to seven-week period.

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Lilac is another flowering shrub that is well-known and admired by many. It’s a favorite of gardeners because of its captivating aroma and vibrant blossoms. The blooms’ rich texture, in addition to their color, is what gives them such appeal. 

Early spring planting of lilacs and careful attention during the first growing season will produce the most robust plant that can withstand a harsh winter. They can grow into small trees with multistems, but you can keep these big shrubs at the desired size by having them trimmed frequently, once or twice a year. Late spring is when they bloom. 

Numerous cultivars are available, including ‘Charles Joly’ Lilac, with its dark magenta blooms; ‘Madame Lemoine’, with its flagrant, white flowers; and ‘Katharine Havemeyer’, with its fragrant, lavender-purple flowers that fade to lilac pink. Lilacs come in shades of white, cream, rose, magenta, pinkish-purple, lavender, and purple. 

Vernal Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)

Vernal Witch Hazel is a delightful addition to any landscape, especially for those who appreciate early spring blooms and vibrant foliage throughout the seasons. Its unique features add interest and beauty to the garden, such as the spicy fragrance of its flowers and the attractive bronzy-red color of its new foliage. Its ability to form colonies through suckering makes it an excellent choice for creating a naturalized look. And with its fruit capsules attracting birds, it adds another layer of biodiversity to the landscape. 

Judd Viburnum (Viburnum x juddii)

Judd Viburnum is a versatile and attractive addition to the landscape. Its deep green glossy foliage provides a lush backdrop, whether used as a specimen plant or as part of a hedge. The transformation from red to pink buds into fragrant white semi-snowball flowers adds a touch of elegance and charm to any garden. Additionally, the production of reddish-black fruit in the fall adds visual interest and provides food for wildlife. 

Landscape Planting in Barrington, IL

Your vision of creating a magnificent outdoor retreat can become a reality by entrusting The NL Group, the professionals in landscape planting in Barrington, IL, with your backyard landscaping project. By utilizing our landscape planting experience, we can create a setting that elegantly combines the beauty of nature with your vision, dramatically increasing the appeal of your landscape.