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Re: Re: Happy Birthday/ I can relate

Are you growing Chionanthus virginicus? Mine flowers well in spring and has bright yellow fall foliage. I do nothing to it except rip the #$^ privet out from around it every now and then. I've seen them growing up in Illinois, so it should be hardy for you. Is it too big?

If you can find a fragrant Calycanthus floridus, they're well worth growing even if you end up planting something showier in front of it. the problem is finding a fragrant one. 'Athens' is fragrant, but doesn't seem to be as tolerant of bad conditions as the seedling forms I see around here. Mine are growing in an area that I do nothing with except hack back privet and Algerian and poison ivy.
It, too has wonderful fall color and the winter bark isn't shabby, either.

I think you're right to go with shrubs instead of perennials. For a while I had both, spotting shrubs into my perennial border as I acquired them or as I gave plants away.

Proven Winners/Color Choice often sent out several nice shrubs with their annual samplers. Are you on their list?


-----Original Message----- From: Gene Bush
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:31 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: Happy Birthday/ I can relate

Not sure on shrubs as yet... just now getting around to making the
decision to go more toward shrubs than perennials for my garden. Getting
too old to keep up with perennial maintenance. Will need to be shrubs
with good bloom production, fall foliage color would be a nice bonus,
and stay on the well-behaved, smaller side in size. Viburnums we have a
plenty of on the property here, they do very well for us. Too well in
some cases. We have them more for birds than our eyes. If someone has
suggestions on small hardy shrubs I would be interested.

Spider Lily, Hymenocallis, grows native up into Illinois. Perhaps in
your area with your heat some extra moisture would have helped.

Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
Gardener - Writer - Photographer -  Lecturer

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