Name: Deutzia gracilis Chardonnay Pearls aka chardonnay pearls deutzia
Type of Plant: This is a small shrub that has bright yellow foliage in the spring and early summer, and lime green leaves from mid-summer to fall. In late spring into early summer it’s also filled with charming white flowers. The buds are white and round at first – the “pearls” in the name – and then they open into panicles of pure white bloom. This deciduous shrub is hardy in zones 5-8 and grows well in sun to part-shade.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love this plant because it’s perfectly sized for foundation plantings and flower gardens. It grows to about 3 feet tall and wide. I also love how bright the foliage is early in the season; the plant adds color to the garden from when the leaves come out into fall. It’s a great plant for a variety of situations, even a large container.
A Word to the Wise: Prune this plant right after it finishes flowering, but don’t shear it into a round meatball or cube…it’s really pretty with the natural soft shape. Hand clip off any limbs that are wildly out of place or growing a lot taller than the rest of the plant.