Looking for woody perennial - Knowledgebase Question

Allegany, Ne
Question by rlr071
April 22, 2009
Can you suggest some nice small woody perennial?

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2009


Here are some of the best woody perennials for your gardening region:
Hydrangea aborescens ?Annabelle?: The classic brilliantly white ?mop-head? blooms of ?Annabelle? are evident from May-July, and can be 12" in diameter. The shrub?s shape is definitely a rounded mound, broader than high at maturity. Figure the height at 3-5'. Deciduous ?Annabelle? grows in full sun to part shade. Zone 3?9.

Berberis thunbergii ?Crimson Pygmy? (Dwarf Red Barberry): Reddish-purple foliage on this classic dwarf Barberry consists of small leaves on arching spiny stems at 2-3'. Insignificant yellow flowers appear in mid-spring and are followed by tiny red fruit. Here?s a shrub that handles most any kind of soil as long as it?s not waterlogged. Its dense habit, striking mahogany foliage, and ability to blend well with a host of perennials and other shrubs, accounts for its consistent popularity.
Zone 4?9 in full sun to part shade.

Spiraea japonica ?Little Princess? (Dwarf Bridal Wreath): Many clusters of pale pink, flat-topped flowers are carried above small dark green leaves in June and July, and intermittently into early fall. This handy dwarf deciduous shrub has a compact 2' height. Zone 4?8 in full sun.

Weigela florida ?French Lace?: This 3-4' deciduous shrub has arresting rose red nodding tubular flowers in May-June. But like so many shrubs of special interest to perennial gardeners, it?s the variegated foliage that offers a striking presence in the landscape all season long. Leaves are green with bright yellow margins. Zone 4?8 in full sun.

Or, you might try planting ornamental grasses - their leaf blades and flower spikes remain on the plant all winter long.

Good luck with your garden.

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