Bright Shrubs for Summer

Bright Shrubs for Summer

What bright shrubs for summer can we plant in our gardens?  What do you know about the bottlebrush bush? If this is a shrub that is not familiar to you – look it up! It sports such fascinating blooms – vibrant red and you will see instantly why its common name is ‘bottlebrush’! Its bright red blooms really do resemble a bottlebrush! It is evergreen with leaves that are aromatic if crushed. Furthermore, if you are lucky you might see humming birds dive in to collect the nectar from the blooms.

Native of Australia

The Latin name is Callistemon which is derived from the Greek meaning ‘beauty’ and it is a native of Australia and belongs to the Myrtle family. Most varieties bloom from late spring to late summer. You will need to plant it in a sheltered position in full sun. If this is not possible plant in a pot which you can move to a sheltered spot once summer is over and before any threat of a frost. 

While you might think this is a lot of bother, the sight of one of these shrubs covered in those bottlebrush shaped red striking flowers makes any effort worthwhile. Grow as small shrubs or small trees – they can reach up to 15ft. Prune directly after flowering and they are not bothered too much with soil conditions providing it is well drained.


Another large shrub or tree that requires similar treatment is the simply beautiful Oleander. With its profusion of the most delicate peachy pink blooms, it really is a great ornamental shrub or small tree. Again, it needs full sun and protection from frost. Again plant in a sheltered spot or in a pot. Very suitable for a courtyard garden.

Need any help? Then do contact our Garden Design & Landscape Centre in Titchfield where you will find plenty of horticulturists on hand to give you expert advice on bright shrubs for summer!

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