I WANT THIS PLANT. The Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’ is undeniably prettier than the ‘Henry’s Garnet’ I’ve been growing for so long, at least in the fall foliage department. And the stars are clearly aligning for me to have it.
First there was Jeanette Ankoma-Sey, an actual horticulturist and garden designer who visited my garden recently, which prompted me to take shameless advantage of her by asking for plant recommendations for a part-sun border that got a lot wider after I got rid of the back-yard lawn. We’d met when she attended the talk I gave to DC’s EcoWomen last summer. Little did I know she has a hort degree and works for the largest design company in the U.S. (I’m pretty sure) - EDAW.
So, I tell her I want to fill the border with shrubs; what does she recommend? Itea and fothergilla. YES! But which ones?
Then a week later I ran into a writer-gardener who invited me to see her ‘Little Henry’ in its fall glory and voila – I’m sold. Now I just have to find a few. Oh yeah, I’m massing ‘em, baby!
Here’s my page about Itea virginica, with a photo of ‘Henry’s Garnet’ flowering.
Thanks to Alison Gillespie for showing me her ‘Little Henry’.