Name: Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’ aka Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls.
Type of Plant: A colorful small shrub for full sun to part shade, hardy in zones 5 to 8.
Why I Love This: Anytime you can get color and interesting textures from shrub foliage you’re garden will look great whether things are in flower or not, right? Well here’s a shrub that has bright lemon-lime leaves and at this time of year it’s also covered with white flowers. I love the fact that this Deutzia also stays small – it’s under 3’ tall in my garden right now, which makes it perfect for foundation plantings and part of a low-maintenance flower garden.
A Word to the Wise: You don’t want to shear this shrub into a yellow beach ball, but you can clip random long stems to shape it right after the plant finishes flowering.
Random Thoughts: Because this plant tolerates clay soils, and doesn’t need a lot of water, it’s adaptable for many garden situations.