Deciduous Shrubs

I have planted a fair number of shrubs, especially at the back and edges of my garden. Most have been planted in the past 1-2 years and are still quite small - only in the garden of my mind are they large impressive specimens. I am trying to focus particularly on shrubs with attractive foliage and good fall color.

  • Acer palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy' (aka 'Coonera Pygmy') - I'm calling this a shrub rather than a tree, because it is a tiny dwarf Japanese Maple. It has very small leaves that are green in summer and bright coral red in fall.

Acer palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy' - Fall color

  • Azalea ‘Golden Lights’ - a deciduous rhododendron from the Northern Lights series with golden-yellow flowers.
  • Berberis thunbergii (Barberry) ‘Crimson Pygmy’ - a small rounded barberry with dark reddish new growth in spring, turning purple in fall.

Barberry 'Crimson Pygmy' - new spring growth

  • Berberis thunbergii (Barberry) 'Orange Rocket' -  I picked this up on a whim. It's not one I had heard of before, but the color of the leaves was just gorgeous so I had to have it! It's supposed to be a tall, thin columnar barberry with fantastic color in every season. We'll see.. Here it is just after planting:

Barberry 'Orange Rocket' in spring
  • Clethra (summersweet) ‘Sherry Sue’ - a pink flowered clethra with red stems.
  • Cotinus cogyggria (Purple Smokebush) 'Velvet Cloak' - fabulous purple foliage!

Cotinus cogyggria 'Velvet Cloak'

  • Cotoneaster horizontalis 'Variegatus' - a variegated form of this low growing shrub
  • Euonymous fortunei 'Tricolor' - a variegated variety of this tough, low shrub.
  • Fothergilla major ‘Mt. Airy’ - this guy had a rough start (got eaten to the ground by rabbits? voles? chipmunks? over its first winter, and had to be replaced). The replacement is larger and so far doing well. The white flowers have a dense honey-like scent which is detectable if you stick your nose in them. The fall color has been spectacular!

Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy' in bloom

Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy' - fall color

  • Hydrangea arborescens radiata 'Samantha' - very similar to the well-known 'Annabelle', but with silvery undersides to the foliage.

Hydrangea arborescens radiata 'Samantha' - flowers emerging in June

  • Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lime' - a dwarf version of 'Limelight', with green flowers that age to pink.
  • Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ - a dwarf oakleaf hydrangea with lovely chartreuse foliage. Also had some run-ins with with gnawing critters early on, but bounced back admirably. Growing very fast for a dwarf - I hope it does not outgrow its narrow space.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey' - foliage emerging in Spring
  • Hydrangea quercifolia 'Vaughn's Lillie' - another oakleaf hydrangea, this one with large drooping white flowers. 
  • Hypericum kalmianum (St. John's Wort) 'Ames'- bright yellow flowers in summer, elegant thin blue-green leaves, pleasant yellow fall color. This fellow has been a good grower, happy and easy to please so far.

Hypericum kalmianum 'Ames' - summer flowers
Hypericum kalmianum 'Ames' - fall color

  • Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark) ‘Coppertina’ - the foliage of this shrub undergoes a color transformation in every season!

Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark) 'Coppertina' - leafing out in spring

  • Salix integra (Willow) 'Hakuro-Nishiki' - beautiful variegated foliage

Salix integra 'Hakuro-Nishiki'
  • Spiraea betulifolia 'Glow Girl' - golden foliage and white flowers 
  • Symphoricarpos albus (White Snowberry)
  • Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Coralberry)
  • Syringa vulgaris (Common Lilac) (?) - this, the only mature "shrub" that we inherited with the house, is actually more of a multi-trunked tree. I'm not sure exactly who it is, quite possibly plain old s. vulgaris. Despite the shabby summer foliage, I wouldn't be without a lilac for the fragrant May flowers.

Lilac (possibly syringa vulgaris?)

Lilac "tree" after a snowfall

  • Viburnum dilatatum (Linden Viburnum) ‘Michael Dodge’
  • Viburnum prunifolium (Black Haw)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...