Flowering Shrubs for Florida Gardens

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If you’re looking to add some flowering shrubs to your Florida garden, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best flowering shrubs for our climate, and provide tips on how to care for them. Whether you’re a beginner gardener or an experienced pro, we have something for everyone! So read on, and learn about some beautiful flowering shrubs that will thrive in your Florida garden!

Florida Anise

The plant has aromatic, bright green leaves that are 6 inches long. Floridamendia (Florida anise) is a medium-sized evergreen shrub with upright loose open growth habits and smooth elliptic dark olive-green leaves that are 15 cm in length. When crushed or broken, the beautiful foliage emits anise or gin-and-tonic scent.

In April, the Florida anise tree produces 1 to 2-inch wide star-shaped maroon-red flowers. The blossoms give rise to ridged, star-like fruits that change from green to golden and then brown.

Viburnum Decorative Shrub

Viburnums, also known as cranberry bushes, are commonly used in the home landscape as ornamental elements. They’re utilized in hedge rows and screening. Viburnum shrubs of different sizes may also serve as focal points in large-scale planting designs.


The showy purple fruits of the American beautyberry are produced in the fall. It’s a member of the Lamiaceae (mint) family and is native to the United States, Bermuda, and Cuba.

The plant prefers full light and is sensitive to deep shade. It can be cultivated in almost any type of soil as long as there is adequate drainage. Allow 3 to 6 feet of space for planting, unless frequent pruning is done. Pruning should be carried out in late winter, when it is healthy. It may be propagated by seed or stem cuttings.


Bluebeard is a genus of seven small (3 to 4 feet tall at maturity) herbaceous perennial shrubs with numerous tiny, blue flowers extending along the stems and blooming for approximately two months in late summer and early fall. The plant is native to China. The name Bluebeard comes from the Greek karyon meaning “nut” and pteron meaning “wing” because the winged fruits are present on this bush.

In USDA Zone 7, Blackfoot Daisy grows best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. The plant likes loose loams or sandy soils and can endure some drought. However, it does not do well in wet, poorly-drained soils. The roots of the plant are winter hardy, but the top growth is only reliable to USDA Zone 7. As a result, many gardeners believe that stems will be damaged during the winter and trim them all off each year early in spring. This method encourages robust new stem growth and blooming is unaffected since plants flower on fresh growth.

Bottlebrush Buckeye

As a landscape element, they require no maintenance, are drought-tolerant, and can be planted alone or in groups. In the fall, clusters of golden-yellow leaves; colonies with huge compound leaves; spread of 10′ attracts hummingbirds and Eastern swallowtail butterflies; spreads via suckers; foliage is relatively disease-free and may be severely pruned to rejuvenate it. They’re native to the eastern United States.

The leaves are palmately divided and have five leaflets, while the flowers are white in a long terminal cluster, each with stamens that exceed the 4 petals; the fruit is a smooth leathery capsule with 1-3 large, shiny brown seeds each containing a pale scar (the “buck’s eye”) which may be spectacular in bloom. It can be used as a mass or as a specimen.

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Butterfly Bush

Buddleia, often known as “Butterfly Bush,” is one of the best butterfly garden plants for attracting a wide range of butterflies. The lovely fragrant blooms in conical clusters appear on and off all year at the ends of arching branches.

Cape Jasmine

Cape jasmine, sometimes known as crape jasmine, is a spreading shrub with pleasant-scented blooms. These jasmine plants, which have glossy leaves similar to gardenia, are also known as “Poor Man’s Gardenia.” They also possess ruffled, snowy white blossoms that resemble baby gardenias.

Confederate Jasmine

Confederate jasmine is one of the most fragrant vines in South Florida, covered in early spring with heavenly white flowers that have a sweet fragrance. The small white blooms appear in April and May; otherwise, this beautiful vine has tiny and glossy dark green leaves that can give complete seclusion if supported appropriately.

Florida privet

The Florida Privet is a beautiful and sturdy hedge that thrives in the Sunshine State. It may be trimmed to form a low or tall dense privacy hedge. This plant is simple to cultivate and requires little maintenance overall. Small, fragrant white blooms and tiny blackberries attract birds to this plant from Florida.

Flowering shrubs are a great addition to any Florida garden. These plants are easy to cultivate and can add beauty and fragrance to your landscape. Many of these plants also attract butterflies and birds, making them a great choice for any nature lover.

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