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Northeast Regional Reports

Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo—Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue #193
Illustration: Elara Tanguy
Photo: Steve Aitken

1. ‘Blue Shadow’ fothergilla

Name: Fothergilla × intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’

Zones: 5–8

Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; rich, moist soil

Native range: Southeastern United States

For a deciduous shrub to earn a place in a small garden, it has to tick all the boxes: attractive flowers, good foliage, easy care, and a long season of interest. ‘Blue Shadow’ fothergilla has everything but a household name. Its season begins with green-white bottlebrush flowers that are a honey-scented pollinator favorite. Its season ends at almost the last moment before winter with fall color ranging from yellow through orange to deep burgundy. In between spring and fall, its oval leaves are the color of faded denim. Just like a favorite pair of jeans, the glaucous foliage goes with everything.

 

Photo: Marianne Majerus Garden Images

2. ‘Rosemoor’ clematis

Name: Clematis ‘Rosemoor’

Zones: 4–8

Size: Vining 6 to 8…

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