Unusual Shrubs III

clethra (300x295)Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ – This Summersweet is a darker sport of ‘Pink Spires’ with July to August highly fragrant bottlebrush blooms of rose-pink. These are highly attractive to both bees and butterflies, and this shrub even blooms well in partial shade. It features yellow fall colouring and tolerates wet soils. Grows 4-6′ high by 3-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

hypericumtricolor (300x296)Hypericum x moserianum ‘Tricolor’ – A shrubby, non-invasive form of St. John’s Wort with a long season of bloom (July to September) with your typical bright yellow flowers. These are borne over spectacular tricolor foliage of bright pink, green and cream. It grows a lot like a hardy fuchsia, dying back to its base each winter. Grows 2.5′ high by 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

spiraeapinkice (300x295)Spiraea x vanhouttei ‘Pink Ice’ – A compact Bridal Wreath Spirea  with amazing variegated foliage of mottled green and white, with a hint of pink (including the stems), looking a lot like a Nishiki Willow. The typical white flowers emerge from pale pink buds and are borne late spring to early summer. Compact growth habit. Grows 3-4′ high by 3-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

leycesteria2 (300x296)Leycesteria formosa – Pheasant Berry or Himalayan Honeysuckle is a tall deciduous shrub with hollow stems that has a bamboo-like appearance. It bears white flowers with contrasting reddish-purple bracts that are held in pendulous clusters from summer into fall. These are followed by translucent black berries. AGM. Grows 8′ high by 6 to 8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

lororazzleberri (300x286)Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum RAZZLEBERRI (syn. ‘Monraz’, ‘Razzleberry’) – A semi-evergreen shrub with fringed raspberry-pink flowers borne from late winter into spring, and sporadically afterwards. The new growth is a rich burgundy which matures to an olive green. Best grown in part to full sun exposures. Grows 4-6′ high by 4-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

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