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forsythia alternatives pt. 2: spicebush

forsythia alternatives pt. 2: spicebush

Spectacular clear yellow fall color of spice bush From "forsythia alternatives pt. spicebush" by margaret roach at a way to garden

witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana). the oft neglected yellow, early spring bloomer. has a spicy smell, which offers something different than the much overplanted forsythia.

10 Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color

If you crave fragrance, flowers, and colorful leaves, then Witch Hazel is for you. It glows with yellow when its leaves turn in early autumn. Later, flowers appear and remain long after the leaves have fallen. Zones Photo by Yasuo Murota/Getty Images.

Snowball viburnum - flowering hedge, requires full sun/partial shade, stands 3-15 ft tall and 3-12 feet wide.  Perfect for backyard privacy! :)

Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

One of my all time fav flowers! Snowball viburnum - flowering hedge, requires full sun/partial shade, stands ft tall and feet wide. Perfect for backyard privacy!

Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum' - aka Korean spice viburnum. Fragrant snowball-shaped flower clusters in spring.

Extremely fragrant flowers in snowball like clusters in spring. You can smell it clear across the yard! Lovely viburnum with serrated leaves turning yellow in fall. Full sun to part sun.

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) is a pretty little groundcover native to areas of North America with leaves, flowers, and berries that look remarkably like those of its cousin, flowering dogwood. It thrives in moist, shady spots and grows 4-6 inches tall. The white flowers sparkle in a woodland garden in spring; the berries turn red in autumn and are a favorite of vireos. It is not

The Best Berry Plants for Birds

Amelanchier canadensis: Serviceberry - For moist soils, sun to shade. A great understory flowering tree/shrub that bears tasty red berries. Great in pies!

Special Collections: Commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Maryland

Viburnums are Versatile Shrubs: Use a tall-growing viburnum as an anchor in a mixed border. Here, V. plicatum var. tomentosum is a standout. | Fine Gardening

Viburnums are Versatile Shrubs: Use a tall-growing viburnum as an anchor in a mixed border. tomentosum is a standout.

Viburnum

Doublefile Viburnum: From a distance, looks similar to flowering dogwood, but blossoms last longer and it can tolerate more shade. A garden essential!

flowering dogwood with hakonechloa boarder, shade gardening #shadegardenshrubs

flowering dogwood with hakonechloa boarder, shade gardening #shadegardenshrubs

Although evergreen Hollies are better known, Ilex verticillata (our native deciduous Holly) is a valuable shrub. Both the male and female plants have good, rich green summer foliage. In fall, the leaves yellow, then drop, exposing dense clusters of bright red fruits (on the female plants) that persist well into winter. There is nothing to compare with their look under a fresh snow. Plants prefer moist, acid soil and are bushy enough to provide abundant cuttings without signs of distress…

Although evergreen Hollies are better known, Ilex verticillata (our native deciduous Holly) is a valuable shrub. Both the male and female plants.

spicebush, cornelian cherry, and more: forsythia alternatives, please

spicebush, cornelian cherry, and more: forsythia alternatives, please

HAVING COMPLAINED in various spaces including here about Forsythia (except the lesser-grown forms with gold or variegated leaves, which are [read more…]

Silene caroliniana var. wherryi 'Short and Sweet' Common: Wild pinks

Silene caroliniana 'Short and Sweet' Wild Pinks or Catchfly from American Beauties

The Forest Pansy is an incredibly beautiful small growing deciduous tree with colourful heart shaped foliage. Perfect tree for small gardens and courtyards.

The Forest Pansy is an incredibly beautiful small growing deciduous tree with colourful heart shaped foliage. Perfect tree for small gardens and courtyards. The Forest Pansy is an incred

Clethra alnifolia. Dwarf summersweet grows to 2 to 4’ tall and 3’ wide in sun to full shade. It is hardy to zone 4, deer resistant, wet site and salt tolerant, and native to the eastern US, including PA. It is a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant, click here for details (photos courtesy of the MOBOT Plant Finder, for more information click here).

Clethra alnifolia - Dwarf summersweet grows to 2 to tall and wide in sun to full shade. It is hardy to zone deer resistant, wet site and salt tolerant, and native to the eastern US, including PA.

All kinds of plants in a mix and match of pots and trays to put! Choose what you like and do not worry if not all neatly aligned.

Garden designer Noel Kingsbury explains how to use planted pots and container gardening to inject more colour and interest into small gardens

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