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Clethra

Summersweet

<i>Clethra alnifolia</i> ‘Ruby Spice’

A friend to gardeners, butterflies and bees alike, ‘Ruby Spice’ celebrates a compact well-groomed habit plus long-lasting rosy pink bottlebrush-like flower spikes that sweetly perfume the dog days of summer. Lustrous, deep green serrated leaves develop yellow, gold and chocolate autumnal hues, while the delightful narrow upright panicles morph into intriguing dark brown seed capsules. Discovered in 1992 as a sport of Clethera alnifolia ‘Pink Spire’, this attractive deciduous cultivar exhibits outstanding easy-care versatility, tolerating both full sun and full shade. Whether massed, displayed as a specimen or hedged, it is invaluable for patios, smaller spaces, woodlands, cottage gardens and mixed borders.

Blooms August–September

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Clethra arborea</i>

A resident of the Madeira Islands, this winsome evergreen is densely attired in lustrous coppery green 4 to 6 in. long leaves. Copious small white fragrant flowers, resembling Lily-of-the-Valley blooms, embellish large showy rose-tinged panicles that cluster at branch tips from summer to fall and sustain our interest with round long lasting auburncolored seed heads. Tailormade for narrow sheltered spaces, Clethra arborea's wellgroomed upright frame requires protection from hard freezes and savors moist, freely draining acidic soil.

Blooms August – October

Size: 15" – 20" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Just like candles on a birthday cake, the larger, more upright flowers of this superlative Michael Dirr selection are a splendid sight. A glossy late spring flush of tooth-edged leafage in emerald hues sets the stage for the abundant creamy white flowers. Made even more dazzling by their spiced-honey scent, the 6 in. long blooms form nearly horizontal, close-knit cylindrical spires.

In autumn, foliage matures to a pleasing yellow. Strongly vertical, slightly downy brown branches and persistent seed spikes etch winter’s somber landscape. With a compact mounding habit, this Clethra offers a winsome presence in small spaces, and is a choice feature for a patio pot. Give this easy-to-grow shrub moist, slightly acidic soil and, where summers are hot and dry, shade each afternoon.

Blooms late June–July

Size: 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Exceptional Euphorbias...

This diverse genus includes approximately 2000 species! Some of our Euphorbias enliven the fall landscape with vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage while others remain evergreen, lending welcome year-round interest. Best of all, many are adorned with acid-green and chartreuse blooms in late winter and early spring, when few other plants are flowering. Appreciative of well-drained soil, Euphorbias are easily grown and their blooms make unique additions to cut arrangements. Be sure to check out our various online offerings!

Notable November Color...

As November comes to an end, a quieter mood prevails in our gardens. Many perennials are either dormant or getting ready for their winter’s rest. Though, some of the more stalwart ones, especially those that are located in protected spots still exhibit a foliar presence and a handful of flowers. The blades and dried buff or silver-hued inflorescences of quite a few ornamental grasses thankfully remain standing, providing movement and delightful rustling sounds. Many deciduous and evergreen shrubs continue to hold our interest either with fall color, artful bark and branching patterns or year-round foliage. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye during one of my walks through the nursery and garden this past week. All of us plant wranglers at Digging Dog hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and perhaps found some time to enjoy your garden.

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