Little known deciduous shrubs with very striking autumn colouring.
Situation The shrubs do not grow very large and can therefore be used in quite small gardens. Plant them in a sheltered spot where their springand autumn colours will show to good advantage. The flowers consist solely of stamens; there are no petals.
Soil Rich, sandy soil is preferred.
Propagationis the easiest method.
Fothergilla gardenii: Height to 1 m; creamy-white flowers in mid to late spring. Not very hardy.
Fothergilla major: Height to 2 m; creamy-white flowers in 2-5 cm spikes in mid to late spring. The autumn colouring is a magnificent orange yellow.
Fothergilla monticola: Height to 1 m; spreading habit.
White flowers in late spring; in the autumn the foliage turns orange red.