Living in the Midwest is absolutely wonderful. No matter what type of person you are, living with all four seasons has its own pros and cons to it. One of the difficulties could be picking the best bushes for your Midwest homes. Everyone wants to create a beautiful and welcoming feel with their outdoor living space.
In the Midwest, you want your flowering shrubs to create a bit of shade, survive on the sunny days, live in moist or windy areas, sustain itself with dry circumstances, and thrive with minimal attention. Whether you need these bushes to give texture, color, backdrop, or a transition between yard and/or garden areas; we have a comprehensive list (in alphabetical order) of some landscape options you can choose from.
Some of these shrubs allow full sun to pass through while others give a variety of shade degrees. Smaller bushes and shrubbery tend to need minimal care in the Midwest. At Seasonal Landscape, we can help you choose the best landscape for your outdoor space.
Pop of Color
It’s always great to have a pop of color added to your yard. We love a flowering shrub that attracts the attention of neighbors that pass by or friendly, flying visitors such as bees, birds and butterflies. The best bushes for your Midwest homes can be quite fragrant, and most of the ones that have color tend to be just that.
*They have variations that can appear white and/or green
- Flowering Almond (prunus glandulosa and trileba)
- Amur Maple (acer ginnala)
- Azalea (rhododendron canescens) *
- Barberry (barberis thunbergii)
- Beautybush (kolkwitzia amabalis)
- Burning Bush (euonymus alatus) *
- Butterfly Bush (buddleia)
- Caryopteris or Blue Mist Shrub (caryopteris)
- Chokeberry (aronia melanocarpa “Autumn Magic”) *
- Forsythia *
- Heavenly Bamboo (nandina domestica)
- Hibiscus (syriacus)
- Honeysuckle Bush Dwarf (diervilla lonicera)
- Hydrangea *
- Japanese Rose (kerria japonica)
- Mock Orange (philadelphus coronarius)
- Ninebark (physocarpus) *
- Potentilla (cinquefoil)
- Purple Leaf Plum (prunus cistena)
- Flowering Quince (chaenomeles japonica)
- Smokebush (cotinus coggygria)
- Spirea *
- Summersweet (clethra anifolia)
- Winterberry (ilex verticillata)
- Wintercreeper (euonymus fortunei) *
- Witch Hazel (hamamelis virginiana)
If you want something looks elegant and simple this list may be what you choose from for your yard. Some of these options are fragrant, but all of these are beautiful and unique additions to your landscape. We love what a classic white shrub incorporated into your outdoor space can do for you, and they’re a great option as one of the best bushes for your Midwest homes.
*They have variations that can appear colorful and/or green
- Amelanchier or serviceberry or shadbush (amelanchier canadensis)
- Bridalwreath (spiraea x vanhouttei)
- Daphne *
- Fothergilla (fothergilla gardenia)
- Nanking Cherry (prunus tomentosa)
- Japanese Willow “Hakuro Nishiki” (salix integra) *
The best landscaping is done with inserting some of these beautiful greenery options. They truly add a finished touch to your outdoor space, which is why they are on our list of choices as the best bushes for your Midwest homes. We can’t seem to find a green shrub that disappoints us yet.
*They have variations that can appear colorful and/or white
- Alpine Currant (ribes alpinum)
- Boxwood (buxus)
- Dogwood (cornus) *
- Elderberry (sambucus) *
- Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (corylus avellana contorta)
- Privet (ligustrum) *