Diervilla sessifolia 'LPDC Podaras'
(Cool Splash™ bush honeysuckle)
A small shady nook is one of the hardest areas in which to design a garden. Whether it’s under a large tree or in a tiny bed alongside a sheltered patio, this area needs a dwarf shrub that magnetizes the senses in order to become a focal point. Although the go-to shrub for these situations is often a small rhododendron, Cool Splash™ bush honeysuckle is much more exciting.
This deciduous shrub brightens up dark landscapes and stays compact. Although it can handle shade, it will also thrive in a sunny border. Summer clusters of perfumed, trumpet-shaped yellow blossoms sit atop creamy-white-and-pea-green leaves. You’ll often see butterflies and hummingbirds anywhere this shrub grows. And although I love wildlife, I get a kick out of seeing deer shrug and turn away from this plant. Dry shade and hard clay soil are conditions this shrub can handle. Cool Splash™ has an extensive root system, which makes it great for erosion control, too