I complained about one out of the two Golden Barberry that refused, in my tiny mind .. to change "her dress to Autumn colours" .. I was perplexed, even annoyed with her, after her "little" sister put on such a beautiful show for me. Now parents can be wrong .. some parents can favor a child even though "she" shouldn't .. and complaints can come back to haunt you (I wish it were Halloween still .. sigh ) .. in any case. My second Barberry child suddenly became Cinderella and changed her dress quite beautifully .. I now know, once again (and it happens over and over many times) to hold my tongue and WAIT ! ..
Isn't she pretty ?
I thought I should explain why she lights up her space because her friends have toned down their garb to give her a chance to shine. The Autumn fern along with Walker's Low nepeta have stayed their summer green even this long. The little Spirea has turned lighter but in no way competitive with barberry .. the sedum is done, poor thing .. and we won't mention the cone flowers : )
Gypsy Dancer how ever has been very showy .. I think the competition thing got to 'her". Newly planted early Fall , she decided to earn her keep and give it all she's got for her first season .. and she did ! Flowering strongly twice and still trying to bud more. I love Heuchera for foliage .. I don't really take the flowers into account .. but this one made me think twice about that now : ) ..
Huecherella Stoplight to the left, may have lost its neon yellow for the season but it still puts out nicely veined leaves. That is what attracts me most about the heuchera/ella family .. the veined leaves are so outstanding .. they had a little "flounce" to the plant groups. More and more are being bred .. so I have a feeling I'll be using the plant shoehorn many times ahead !