Imagine: Sometimes we can get into a rut when it comes to shade plants. Hosta and ferns, hosta and ferns. Yet there are many plants that we overlook because they aren’t used as frequently. Enter the bottlebrush buckeye…
Name: Aesculus parviflora aka blottlebrush buckeye
Type of Plant: A large shrub that’s native to the southeastern United States and is hardy from Zone 4 to 8.
Why I Love this plant: First of all, high drama. Big and bold is the way this plant grows. Secondly, the bottlebrush buckeye thrives in part to full shade. Bunnies and deer don’t bother it, and it grows so thickly that weeds are seldom a problem underneath. Add to all of these assets the fact that this plant has tall, white flowers in July and no insect or disease problems and you have a great shrub for the shady landscape.
A Word to the Wise: When I say that this plant is large, I mean really big, so don’t plant this in a small spot. Count on 6 to 10 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide. Plus it spreads. So plant this in the back of the property where you need a beautiful screening shrub in full shade…and don’t even think about trying to prune the plant to keep it smaller.