That's exactly how I felt about Hamamelis virginiana when we met dozens of years ago.
|The crepe paper blooms curl open in warm weather
Dancing Tree and several taller oaks. The soil has been improved with compost and mulch, but, I still need to give it a couple of good gulps of water during our extended summer droughts. But, it must be happy, it manages to bloom every October.
It really has wonderful qualities that would appeal to every gardener. It can put on a colorful fall show in shade. It's a delightful specimen plant for small gardens with spring ephemerals, native sedges, ferns and shade tolerant perennials planted at its feet.
PS. It's Monday and you know the drill! If you want to have pollinators visit and live in your garden, you must never, ever, ever, ever use pesticides.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.