Large shrubs and bushes typically reach heights of 10 to 25 feet, and serve as an attractive focal point in any garden or landscape by providing both visual height as well as dramatic color. Many varieties of large flowering shrubs thrive throughout the state of Texas. The hardiness zones in Texas vary from USDA zones 6 to 9, and an abundance of flowering bushes do well here. Whether you're looking for a bit of color or a punch of fragrance, large blooming shrubs provide a welcoming presence.
Hardy to USDA zone 7, the crape myrtle is a summer-blooming shrub that comes in shades ranging from pink and red to lavender and white. All of the many varieties need full sun for the best blooms. It matures to a height of 8 to 15 feet. The branches are mostly shrub- to tree-like. While in bloom, the flowers provide an attractive display as well as shade throughout the summer. Crape myrtle grows throughout the South.
Lilac grows best in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7, making it a popular flowering bush for northwest Texas gardens. As a deciduous blooming shrub, lilac is often referred to as lilac tree. The lavender-blue flowers appear in small clusters each spring and can last up to six weeks, depending on the variety and weather. Lilac bushes are widely known for their intense and pleasing fragrance. These bushes are typically planted in rows and pruned as hedges and can reach heights up to 10 feet.
Similar to crape myrtle, oleander blooms in a wide variety of colors throughout the summer including white, salmon, red and pink. It more closely resembles a small tree and reaches heights up to 12 feet. The foliage on oleander is evergreen, providing color even when not in bloom. This shrub does well in USDA zones 9 to 11, making it another suitable candidate for Texas gardens and landscapes. Because oleander can tolerate intense heat with little need for water, it works well in southern desert region. The oleander is poisonous, so plant with care if you have pets or children.
Hardy in USDA zones 7 to 11, the pomegranate shrub provides bright orange to brilliant red blooms and also produces edible fruit. Reaching an average height of 12 feet, pomegranates are relatively easy to grow and maintain because pomegranates fruit is generally not susceptible to diseases and pests. Hummingbirds are often attracted to the scent of the tube-shaped blooms. Because the pomegranate is drought-tolerant, it does well in most Texas and desert landscapes.