Nandinas in the Sunshine ~ Color Crazy Neon

Sharing a photo I captured in my garden just now. My Nandina leaves are usually green but sometimes you can see these burgundy highlights. Today the sun was reflecting the color.

Vividly colored shoots and leaves are what set nandinas apart from many other shrubs. Growing up to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide, nandina shrubs display bright red fall foliage, and many varieties also provide beautifully colored new growth in spring. 

The Plant We Love to Hate: And that’s why so many people dislike this import from Japan. It’s too easy to grow. It grows in sun. It grows in shade. It grows in any well-drained soil. No pests bother it, not even deer. It laughs at droughts. Winter cold is its only obstacle. Below zero temps kill it to the ground. Then it grows back.

These are the reasons I LOVE nandinas. Not sure why anyone would dislike thus shrub. Nothing is ever too easy to grow for me. Another reason to have many more in my garden.

‘Sienna Sunrise’ is one such variety, putting on a spring show with its blazing red foliage and displaying red highlights in fall. I believe that may be the variety I have growing. I have about ten shrubs. 

I immediately thought of Kim and her latest challenge. If you missed it, check it out here:

Kim’s Color Crazy Neon Challenge

Photo ©CarolDM2020

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Written by Carol DM


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