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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Underused Japanese Jewel

Looking for another summer bloom in your garden that grows like a small tree? One of my favorite shrubs, Clethra barbinervis, (I like to say the name, too – it sounds like Barbara Nervous) is blooming right now in our garden. This native shrub to Japan does particularly good in well-drained soil and can handle full sun to partial shade. The nicest specimens we’ve seen grow in full sun. This honey of a bush can get up to 20’ feet. It is hardy to zones 5-7 so it is perfect for many locations. If you are looking for lanky with multi-colored, exfoliating bark and long-spiked blooms clustered with dainty white flowers, consider this underused shrub for your landscape. Just a quick note - the bees go bonkers over this Clethra.

To end with our inspirational thought for the day, we go with a Japanese proverb. “Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel-mine and coming out with empty hands.” Make your garden interesting and step outside the usual suspects for dressing up the landscape. Make sure you visit your nursery to see what interesting finds they may have waiting to be planted. Don’t forget to join our fanpage or follow us on Twitter. There are many places to find us and always, we welcome your comments! Annie
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