This section is from the book "Beautiful Gardens - How To Make Them And Maintain Them", by Walter P. Wright. Also available from Amazon: Beautiful Gardens: How To Make And Maintain Them.
The choice among flowering shrubs should be so made as to give beauty for many months. There is no difficulty about this.
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum).
Mezereon (Daphne Mezereum).
Golden Bell (Forsythia suspensa).
Fig. The Golden Bell, Forsythia Suspensa.
Maule's Japanese Quince (Cydonia Maulei).
Various Almonds, Cherries, Peaches, and Plums.
Magnolias grandiflora and stellata.
Azalea mollis in variety.
Rhododendrons in variety.
Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum).
Diervillas or Weigelas in variety.
Scotch Laburnum (Cytisus Alpinum).
Mock Oranges (Philadelphus).
Brooms (Cytisus Andréanus and others).
Kalmias glauca and latifolia.
Fig. A bed of Kalmia Glauca.
Deutzia crenata flore pleno.
Kerria Japonica flore pleno.
Allspice (Calycanthus Floridus).
Snowball Tree (Viburnum Opulus sterile).
Fig. A Splendid Plant Of Viburnum Plicatum At The Garden House, Saltwood, Hythe.
Andromeda (Pieris) floribunda.
St. John's Worts (Hypericums).
Hibiscus Syriacus flore pleno.
Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora.
Bladder Senna (Colutea arborescens).
Fig. A Grand Plant Of The Californian Tree Poppy. Romneya Coulteri
Spiraeas callosa and Douglasii.
Honeysuckles (notably Lonicera Japonica flexuosa).
In autumn effect is got from the berries of Thorns, Briers, Snowberry, and other things, and from foliage.
Never stint a garden of shrubs. If the first cost is felt somewhat, derive consolation from the reflection that the annual expense of cultivation will be small. Give them deeply-worked, fertile soil, to encourage free growth. Straggling wood may be curtailed, and crowded branches thinned out, but otherwise prune lightly. In the case of spring bloomers, cut in the shoots which have flowered directly after the blossoming, but do not afterwards prune the fresh wood, as it is on this that the next season's flowers will form. Prune late bloomers in winter, and do not cut the new growth which follows in spring, as it will bear the next crop of flowers.