Tired of mowing those dangerous hillsides? Maybe you have an area that is just too shady for grass to grow well. Maybe your lake property needs some bank stabilization? Edge of the woods ground cover?
Maybe you can’t get much to grow on that terrace along the road or along your driveway? Or…maybe those shrubs you planted that get crushed by snow being plowed on them need replacing?
Diervilla is a super little native plant that has been getting a lot of attention lately. It is commonly known as Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle, but it is not like the large, gangly shrubs that are invasive, but it is a very different animal.
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle grows in sun OR shade and has NO disease or insect problems. They get about knee high and send suckers under the ground to form dense colonies of stems with great leaf color and even yellow summer flowers.
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle can solve your steep bank dangers by covering the area and holding the soil in place el
A classic smaller suckering shrub lives in sun or shade, tolerates moist or wets soils, and even exhibits salt tolerance. No insects or disease seem to affect this versatile little shrub. But let’s talk about the real beauty of this bronzy leaved little gem – the perfect shrub for holding soil on steep embankments many times used in place of grass to mow – brilliant! How about protecting your shoreline along a river or lakefront property too? Pictured you see we used it in a parking lot where it gets virtually no care at all.
This past spring, we just mowed this shrub off right down to the nubs. Look how graciously it responded with beautiful with fresh new stems coming from the roots. Incredible foliage and such an effortless way to maintain your Diervilla plants.
Now, picture this plant in many colors. There are some interesting new selections of this native selected for new summer foliage color. Kodiak Red, Kodiak Black, Kodiak Orange, plus a variegated one called Coo