One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
This is a beautiful little shrub and a tremendously useful plant. It grows a couple feet tall and a couple feet wide and those small leaves visible below the flowers make a wonderful textural addition to the sunny garden. Seeming to thrive in, well, below average conditions, it handles poor soil and below average water, it can be massed to cover ground in problem places.
And the flowers are not only beautiful and fragrant, they keep coming all summer long. These plants are growing a little ways down the paved path through China Valley on the down hill side. Enter the path from the road, pass the bamboo on your right and watch the right-hand side of the path.