It's true. Summer is officially here. But the weather still feels an awful lot like spring, so I think it's a perfect time to share more pictures from my spring garden.
Today I'm showing off another of my beloved plants, the Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii). I affectionately refer to this plant as Father Gilla and he is one of my earliest purchases for the garden. I planted him in the fall of 2007 and had to dig him up just a few months later to make way for a new sewer line. He's been in a container ever since and finally seems to be coming into his own. And he is absolutely stunning in the spring.
When spring begins, the leaves and flower buds emerge side by side...
...the flowers slowly begin to open...
...and the branches form a beautiful lacy framework.
As the days of spring wear on, the leaves grow larger and the blooms fully open in specatular form.
By season's end, the flowers are spent and the leaves start taking center stage.
Here is my Father Gilla in early spring when the leaves and flowers are just emerging...
...and here he is in late spring when the flowers are spent and the leaves have filled out:
Father Gilla has been an extremely low-maintenance addition to my garden. His only real request is for a good amount of sun. Without enough sun exposure, he doesn't seem to flower and the fall color is definitely lackluster. But with decent sunlight, he happily blooms and grows and puts on one of the most stunning displays of fall color I've ever seen. He tolerates the oops-I-forgot-to-water-and-it's-80-degrees-outside remarkably well and seems perfectly content in his container. I don't expect him to get a lot bigger; he's already about 3 feet wide and 2-1/2 feet tall. He'll likely get just a little taller and continue to fill out with new growth from the base.
I am very pleased with how Father Gilla is doing and I still consider him to be one of my all-time favorite plants. If these bloom pictures haven't yet convinced you of his virtue, I'm certain you're going to positively swoon for him when I show off his outstanding colors in the fall.
Oh. You don't want to wait that long? Well, okay. Here's a sneak peek from last fall's display.
Are you swooning yet?