The Garden

April Garden - Virginia Sweetspire

With the ground still soft, April is a great time to pull out invasive plants such as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), and burning bush (Euonymus alatus). Replace these with American natives such as bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis), a flowering ground cover with fall berries; native honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens); and Virginia sweetspire (Itea spp., pictured at right), a spring bloomer with fabulous fall color that lasts longer than burning bush.

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Virginia Sweetspire is in splendid color