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Friday Fabulous Flower - Bottle Brush Buckeye

Spring flowering peters out through June until summer flowering plants sort of take over, but it isn't quite the same.  Lots of prairie natives flower in the summer, but not nearly as many shrubs or bushes flower in the summer.  Here's an exception, and if you  don't have one, you need to rethink your garden.  Right now in mid-July, our bottle brush buckeyes (Aesculus parviflora) look great, and they grow OK on edges and in light shade. This shrub has probably the showiest floral display of any shrub that can grow on a light shade border.  They can get a bit taller than many people would like, and they do spread a little after awhile but no so much it is considered a problem.  These long (over a foot in length) inflorescences just cover the plants and contrast nicely with dark green foliage.  Japanese beetles have been a problem before, but hardly any beetles this season.  Our plants were seedlings and it was a very slow start, so buying bigger plants, paying someone else to grow them, is a good idea. The plant is a native to SE USA, but they seem quite cold hardy.  

2 comments:

qilora said...

"Our plants were seedlings and it was a very slow start, so buying bigger plants, paying someone else to grow them, is a good idea."

I always feel a little guilty when i do this ;)
but this year i tried growing heather from seeds (never happened!) so i went ahead and bought a pot of the plant... i'm glad that i did!
shalom! - Juju.

here is a picture of my plant that i uploaded to the web, the pot had just arrived:
https://www.facebook.com/qilora/posts/10107226531380072

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