Buttonbush and other swamp lovers

Ramblin' through Dave's Garden

On a rainy morning, the absence of bees and butterflies on satellite-shaped, white flowers of buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis, below) is in stark contrast to any sunny afternoon when the gardener must approach with caution, or risk the consequences. I first discovered this native shrub in a swampy area along a local hiking trail, where the buzz of pollinator activity caught my attention. A bit of research led to my conclusion that buttonbush would be well suited to a troubling spot of constantly damp ground in the garden. I have not been disappointed.Buttonbush

While gardens change over time, sunny spots turn to shade as trees mature, and sometimes back to sun as trees are toppled in storms, rarely does dry ground change to wet without man’s intervention. But, in a back corner of the garden, an evergreen holly and ‘Arnold Promise’ witch hazel grew for two decades alongside a natural spring that…

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