A hearty flowering bush/shrub for Minnesota winters?

Asked May 29, 2019, 7:23 PM EDT

This last winter killed our several year old large azalea/rhododendron in our front garden. Do you have a suggestion for a hearty but attractive larger sized flowering bush/shrub to replace it? Our soil is high clay in NE Minneapolis Thank you!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Shrubs that I am familiar with that do well in clay soil are shrub roses, the Earthkind are the hardiest, hydrangeas, Japanese flowering quince, spirea, and weigela, Magnolia shrub’s hardiness is probably similar to azalea but is as showy in the spring as the azalea. The quince blooms very early and the rest of the year is rather plain. https://mnhardy.umn.edu/varieties/woody-ornamentals/roses