Sometimes it only takes a couple of plants to produce a stunning landscape statement.
The homeowner had a large `portion of thick, fescue lawn that sloped down to a creek bed lined with large, rounded cobblestones. Years before he had had the wisdom to plant over a dozen multi-trunk clumps of River Birch [Betula nigra] The River Birch has exfoliating bark like the Paperbark Birch... the color of its bark, however, is a rich cinnamon tan. A single clump is striking in winter... a small grove is a perfect picture.
The homeowner did a great job of randomly placing the clumps of Birch... there were no straight lines or geometric curves... just a tree here, a tree there, a couple of clumps here, three to five clumps there.
For two or three weeks in early spring the entire area containing the River Birch is awash in shiny, emerald green clumps of foliage topped with clumped tubular flowers the color of a summer sky.
The combination of Bluebells and exfoliating River Birch bark is striking.
"Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, rich soils."