|Fothergilla in bloom - photo by Laura McKillop|
I adore Fothergilla gardenii Mt Airy.
Fothergilla is native to the Appalachians, is deer resistant and sports fragrant, honey scented, early spring flowers before the leaves come out.
The flowers are white, short bottlebrush spikes that light up a sunny to partial sun woodland corner. The flowers are followed by blue green, heavily textured foliage.
This fall color is the best! It is spell binding in the garden....
I mass them in groups of 3 or more. They grow to 3 - 4 feet in height and tolerate moist soil...Zones 5-8.
And now there is the cultivar ‘Blue Shadow’! This exciting introduction originated as a sport from Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy' and is blessed with the same vigorous constitution and habit..
It has steely blue summer leaves with the same outstanding autumn display of rich yellow, red and orange.
Blue Shadow is a medium-size deciduous shrub 5 to 6' high and wide and easily adapts to sun or partial shade. It is tolerant to a wide range of soil and environmental conditions, needs little pruning and has no major disease or insect problems.
And don't forget the shorter 'Blue Mist' dwarf Fothergilla (fothergilla gardenii Blue Mist) . It makes a great low hedge and is attractive in three seasons - the brilliant yellow, red, orange fall coloration is a show stopper. Grows 2' - 3' tall. Plant in non-alkaline soil.
|Blue Mist Fothergilla gardenii - photo from Monrovia|