I wanted a shrub that would be placed close to the patio but one that we could still see over. Virginia sweetspire will only reach 4 feet in height and spread to a maximum of 6 feet. Currently in bloom, this native shrub will thrive in many conditions and is becoming more popular as a foundation plant for homes. The fall color is red to orange.
Missouri Botanical Garden description: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=d590
Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for the fate of bees, butterflies, and all wildlife which inspire her to find solutions to creating wildlife habitat gardens that fit into the look of the neighborhood. Her hope is that you enjoy her blogs and perhaps start a wildlife garden of your own! Learn more about Paula at https://www.facebook.com/paulayourgardenkeeper