Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Autumn Magic in Spring?

'Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa - Highly adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, the black chokeberry will complement any landscape. Attractive small white flowers in spring and glossy, deep green foliage in summer. Particularly effective in the fall with clusters of blackish-purple fruit and wine red to purple leaf color, this 5' h 3' w shrub is hardy to zone 3. 'Viking,' 'Elata' and 'Autumn Magic' are excellent selections.'
we picked 'Autumn Magic' i wanted a shrub that has great fall colour and berries that just love to hang on into early winter, originally when i researched shrubs most said that the berries on this one attract birds, but as i dug deeper i also found notes that said they only eat them as a last resort, so we shall see. i think it's a beauty and can't wait to see it flourish. we planted it in the back corner of the larger raised bed. that's one down. it looks a little lonely right now, what else what else, i think it needs some low growing evergreen surrounding it and on the outer edge, then perennials intermixed.
did i mentioned probably 50 bags of dirt are loaded in that planter, along with a fair amount of leaves...everytime we went out various kinds of manure and mix was on the shopping list! i love dirt.

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