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'Chardonnay Pearls'

'Chardonnay Pearls'

'Chardonnay Pearls'

'Nikko'

'Nikko'

'Nikko'

One of the “oldies but goodies” of the nursery world, Deutzia may have become less well-known over the generations but certainly not less worthy. Very undemanding and dependable, these small shrubs are easy to use and are making a comeback in the realm of “what’s old is new again” with new leaf colors. Long-used has been the variety ‘Nikko,’ a dense, low tuffet of willowy green leaves that have good fall color and produces loads of white starry flowers in spring. It has a more sprawling nature that lends itself well to covering slopes or draping over the edge of a garden wall. Chardonnay Pearls® grows a bit more upright and rounded with the same flowers over bright lemon-yellow leaves, and Crème Fraiche™ has cream-edged leaves. If you want a touch of pink, Yuki Cherry Blossom™ has pink backs to every petal. Deutzia’s mid- to late spring bloom time make it a great companion for lilacs, deciduous azaleas, mockorange, dianthus (pinks), nepeta (catmint), garden sage and heuchera (coral bells) for foliage, and as a lovely foil for groundcover junipers and other needled evergreens.

by Miri Talabac, Woody Plant Buyer

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Christine,

    I’m sorry, I am not understanding the question. Can you visit us with a picture or clipping of what you’re trying to identify and perhaps we’ll recognize it? Maybe it’s a Lily-of-the-Valley or another perennial or spring bulb, but we can’t tell from the description alone in this case.

  2. Question: it’s not a snow drop nor a Maigloeckchen……. almost foot high stem with adorable white bells, it surprised me by returning “all by itself”……….. what is it called?

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