According to Danielle, "You always have your favorites even though we introduce more and more shrubs every year. Many of the varieties have a fragrance element that I feel is mandatory in any garden (Clethra, Abelia, Koreanspice) through out all the seasons. Others just really blow you away with their bloom performance. Chardonnay Pearls, Limelight and Wine & Roses are all plants that you will never forgot about once you have seen them in flower. The memory of them in bloom will be permanently burned into brain. It is truly a jaw dropping experience. Black Lace and My Monet are revolutionary advances in the world of horticulture. These varieties have created a whole new look for their category (genera). Similar to fashion, it is like when non-tapered jeans become the fashion and tapered and stone washed were out. Black Lace was the first fine cutleaf Sambucus to ever be introduced that is similar to a Japanese Maple look, but sold for less money. My Monet is the first dwarf, variegated Weigela to ever be introduced and it has the flower power of that of Wine & Roses. All are excellent performers in both of our gardens and like I said before you just always have your favorites."
The first favorite is Deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls'. Chardonnay for its soft lime-yellow foliage. Pearls for the white, bead-like buds that open to star shaped flowers in spring. A compact, colorful accent for both borders and containers. The yellow foliage brings complements nearby purple foliage and flowers.
- USDA Zones: 5 - 7
- Height: 20 -36", Spacing: 20 - 25"
- Exposure: Full - Partial Sun
- Bloom Season: Late Spring
- Flower Color: White
- Foliage: Lime Green / Yellow
- Growing Tips: Prefers well-drained, moist soil. Prune after flowers fade, in the spring.
- Notes: Deer Resistant. Fragrant flowers are popular with butterflies