Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'
I bought two of them today to use when I redo the porch border. I liked the rich reddish-purple leaf color and since they will be planted among mature shrubs, the fast upright growth habit is a big plus. Ninebark Diabolo grows 4 to 8ft tall with a similar spread. I need something tall and full for this area.
I thought I would plant the second one on the opposite of the porch, although a bit further forward than this picture shows.
Here is a close-up of the leaf color:
This shrub has a smallish white flower in late spring/early summer, but the flowers look to be insignificant. They remind me of spirea flowers. Imagine my surprise when I read that it is related to genus Spiraea!
I bought it only for its spectacular leaf color. After googling it, I found another characteristic that appeals to me -- it has exfoliating bark in the winter-- apparently quite a few layers as the name "ninebark" comes from this characteristic. I noticed evidence of this at the bottom of the shrub:
I have not yet planted these and can still return them if any of you can give me a good reason to. Do you have this shrub? Do you like it? I am eager for any help you can give me! I read that it is native to Missouri -- Patti, do you grow this one?
I was out early this morning pruning my yew hedge on the side of the garage. I just use my Felco pruners and it takes about an hour to remove any new spring growth and reduce its girth. I wish I could reduce my girth in such a short time!
After it was done, I cleaned up the skinny "garage garden" behind me. Earlier this spring I hit it with Round Up because it was full of stuff I no longer wanted. Now I need to come up with a new planting in this area. I wonder if zinnias would grow here? I would love a nice strip of colorful zinnias. I wonder if the hedge blocks too much sun..................this area has a ton of Star of Bethlehem bulbs...I sprayed the flowers with Round Up, but I suspect the bulbs with flourish next spring. I swear, NOTHING kills that flower.
So I have had a busy Saturday. Earlier I splashed some new-to-me Sweet Baby Ray's Steakhouse marinade on a pair of supermarket-special T-Bone steaks which DH will be grilling for dinner. I am now heading out to the deck to sip wine and relax a bit before dinner.
I hope you are all having a great Saturday!
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