Gardeners often use flowering shrubs to add vibrant color to the autumn landscape. Individuals selecting shrubs for home gardens should consider their United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zone as well as the shrub's bloom color, blooming time, intended use and potential problems. Many fall blooming shrubs feature pink flowers.
The glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora), a deciduous shrub in the Caprifoliaceae family, adds early fall color to gardens. Clusters of pinkish-white flowers bloom from May through September in USDA Zones 5 to 9. Mature glossy abelias reach 3 to 6 feet in both height and spread. This shrub prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun positions. Green leaves turn various purple to bronze shades in the fall. This hardy plant has few serious health or insect problems. Gardeners often use glossy abelia plants as borders, screens, hedges and foundation plantings.
Rose of Sharon
The rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), a shrub native to Asia, typically thrives in USDA Zones 5 to 8. This Malvaceae plant family member blooms from June through October. Rose of Sharon flowers feature pink petals and red eyes. Mature shrubs reach up to 12 feet in height and 10 feet in width. This fall bloomer prefers moist soils in fully sunny locations. Potential problems include canker, rusts and blights. Japanese beetles often feed on the foliage. Rose of Sharon plants work well as borders, screens and hedges.
Bush clover plants (Lespedeza bicolor) bloom pinkish-purple flowers in August and September. This Asian native shrub belongs to the pea family (Fabaceae) and generally performs well in USDA Zones 4 to 8. Bush clover shrubs prefer dry, well-drained soils in full sun positions. Mature shrubs reach between 5 and 10 feet in both height and spread. This vigorous plant possesses few health problems. Gardeners frequently plant bush clovers in borders and woodland gardens.
The kordesii rose (Rosa) features fragrant clusters of dark pink flowers from spring through the first frost. This shrub reaches up to 10 feet in height and spreads out about 6 feet. Winter hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 9, the kordesii rose requires moist soils that receive full sun. This Rosaceae family member often suffers from rose rosette, powdery mildew and black spot diseases. Rose midges, spider mites, thrips and aphids sometimes infest these plants. The kordesii rose generally performs well when trained to climb arbors and fences.
The butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), a deciduous shrub in the Loganiaceae family, adds pink tones to gardens from early summer through the early fall. Clusters of fragrant, dark pink flowers appear from June through September. Grayish-green foliage adds ornamental interest. Winter hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 9, this fall-blooming shrub performs best in well-drained soils that receive full sun. Butterfly bushes sometimes suffer with nematodes in southern gardens. Ranging from 5 to 7 feet in both height and spread, this shrub works well in butterfly, rose and cottage gardens.