There is a chance that I like to prune shrubs and trees a little more than I should.
I’ve been doing it all day, every day, for over a month. It has been suggested that I might want to check out, but I like it too much. My pile of pruned tree and shrub branches is about 15 feet wide and 4 feet high, if that gives you an idea of what I did.
For this reason, I will not plant any Kodiak Diervilla (Villa DEER) in my landscape. One ad I read said, “It doesn’t need to be trimmed. Never.” Now what is fun?
Diervilla is named after the French surgeon Dr Dierville, who discovered the plant during his visit to Canada in 1699. The shrub grows naturally from Saskatchewan to North Carolina.
Some call the plant honeysuckle, but that’s not correct. (A little more information, to taste the sweet nectar of tubular flowers, you have to breastfeed them, hence the name honeysuckle. Who knew?)
Most of you may not be familiar with this shrub, but since it’s the Landscape Shrub of the Year 2021, I thought I’d update you.
Kodiak diervilla is a non-invasive native shrub. It is promoted to replace the burning bush, deemed to be invasive. I have cultivated burning bushes for years and cannot say this has become a problem. But who am I to argue the bigwigs? If they say the Rose of Sharon is intrusive, I would totally agree. After spraying them three times with herbicide, I still have half a billion that come up along my stream, but not a burning bush.
Proven Winners has released Kodiak Orange and Kodiak Black Diervilla. They promote the fall red color as a replacement for the burning bush.
It is also said to be one of the easiest shrubs to grow. You can plant it in the sun or shade, and in wet or dry soil. You will get the best foliage color if they have at least six hours of full sun.
The shrubs grow 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.
During the summer, it grows yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds. The flowers are not very large, so you may need to provide the hummingbirds with a pair of bifocals to see them.
They are said to be deer resistant, but if a deer is hungry they can eat anything, even sauerkraut. I have never been so hungry.
Kodiak diervilla is perfect for an area that may not get a lot of attention, such as behind your addiction.
Last week I mentioned that I hadn’t had an argument with anyone the entire time my wife was at Disney World. That, of course, changed as soon as his plane landed. I was told to wait for her at the bottom of the escalators, where almost all passengers arriving at the airport get off. While I was sitting there, I received a phone call. It was her. She wanted to know where I was. I replied very kindly, “Where I am supposed to be!” “
She told me she was from Dunkin Donuts, which immediately made me think they had dropped her off somewhere in New Jersey. There were no Dunkin Donuts around me.
I told her I would just sit there and she would walk around the airport until she found me.
Soon the elevator door opened and my fiancee was there. What happened? I was on the first floor, but she was on the second. At least it saved me a trip to New Jersey.
Make your space a green space.