Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lemon Candy' is a new variety of Ninebark. The spring foliage is bright yellow. As they age the leaves turn green. Right now its interest factor is blooms like this, all over the shrub. This Ninebark is a small,compact variety, growing to about 3 feet at maturity (or so they say...it is almost there now!)
In the front garden are three new Iberis 'Masterpiece'. I have looking longingly at others' Candytuft and finally broke down and bought some. I love the purple buds! I know these white blooms will be done soon, but they have performed wonderfully this year, expecting lots more from it next year!
Very similar in appearance to the Ninebark are the blooms from the Spiraea vanhouttei. I planted nine barerooted Spirea in December and to date all nine are doing well.
The white daffodils are now blooming. Along the hillside by the driveway is a nice clump of Narcissus 'Thalia'. This white bloom is fragrant-- a nice bonus.
Further up the driveway is a new daffodil. Narcissus 'Salome' gets whiter as it ages. The cup is a peachy pink/yellow.
The most recent daffodil to open is another new one, Narcissus 'Snowball' It is hard to photograph, the head is nodding and with all its ruffles, you can't get a good angle.
Under my Edgeworthia are a couple Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Japanese painted fern. I have enough shade under the Edgeworthia during the growing season to give these ferns a nice place to grow.
Also under the Edgeworthia's shade are a couple Ajuga 'Sparkler'. This is a small, variegated leaf ajuga. According to the Missouri Botantical Garden site, it tolerates rabbits, good thing!
Up the hill from the ferns and ajuga is a row of Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko' putting on a nice showing of tiny white blooms.
Since this variety of Deutzia is a low grower, there is a wonderful variegated hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata' planted in back of them. Aren't these leaves gorgeous?
Echoing the variegated leaves is a row of hostas. One of the plants with no name... oops.
Aren't these leaves pretty too? Nice echo of the hydrangea leaves.
In the backyard are a few more green and white plants....Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy' now putting its leaves out while still flowering.
A little further down to the water is a Variegated Solomon Seal, Polygonatum falcatum 'Variegatum' So far only three stems have emerged. It does have blooms though!!
Finally, the white little bells of Pieris japonica 'Cavatine'. Some call it a Lily of the Valley bush, see why?
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