Scotch Broom Alternative: Vernal Witch Hazel
Why it's a standout: Witch hazel is legendary for its spicy-scented flowers, but this species blooms earlier and longer than most, sporting bicolor flowers from late winter to early spring. In summer, its green foliage meshes well with other plants and then takes center stage in fall, turning a brilliant yellow. This shrub grows 6 to 10 feet tall but accepts pruning readily.
What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; average to moist, well-drained, acidic soil
Zones: 4 to 8