April 3, 2010

A New Shrub for the Fragrance Garden

Evergreen, fragrant and deer resistant—attributes that I seek when adding a shrub to my fragrance garden.

I've had a longtime love for lily-of-the-valley bush (pieris japonica), having grown quite a few at a previous home. I now have enough afternoon shade to add one to my fragrance garden at this home.

This time, I fell for pieris japonica 'Dorothy Wyckoff' when I saw her abundant cascades of blooms. Her long-lasting spring blooms transition from a lovely red purple, to pink and then to white. Dorothy will slowly grow to five feet wide and high in moist, fertile soil and is suitable for zones 4-8.

With her evergreen foliage, Dorothy will be a year-round attraction in the garden!

Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks/copyrights/patents owned by those respective companies or persons.
Freelance travel writer. My current fiction writing projects include a completed manuscript and several works in progress.

By the way, my name is pronounced fred-ah, not freed-ah. Thank you.

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