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Coppertina Ninebark – Buyer Beware!

powdery mildew on Coppertina Ninebark

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In May 2015 I wrote about a new landscape bed which I put in that contained 2 Coppertina Ninebark plants. The first year I really liked them. The changing copper colors were quite attractive. But as the year went on I began to notice a problem with powdery mildew. I cut out the affected leaves then sprayed with a fungicide. As time went on the fungicide seemed to have no effect, so I sprayed again when we would have several rain-free days. Still no control of the mildew.

This spring the powdery mildew came back with a vengeance. I checked Google to see if there was a known problem for this type of plant and found several articles on the subject. It seems powdery mildew and Witch’s Brooms are a genetic problem with Ninebarks although some varieties are less damaged by the disease. None of the suggestions for control were very effective. The stems where the Witch’s Broom occur soon turn black as do the leaves.

One of the two plants was smaller and less attractive since it has had more powdery mildew problems than the other one. I don’t want to have to mess with pruning off the affected leaves and black stems every couple weeks OR have to weekly spray a fungicide that really doesn’t work, so I removed the smaller plant. I’m really disappointed since the plant is or could be very attractive but this genetic issue makes them a questionable purchase. Be advised!

Take A Chance With Your Landscape

Last May I wrote about putting in a new landscape bed next to the back of my home. I selected some plants that I wasn’t familiar with so was eager to see what they looked like this year now that they’re more established. The middle plant is a Butterfly Bush which I had had at another home.

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Two of the shrubs were Ninebark Coppertina. They are living up to their hype, changing colors seemingly each month. They will be large shrubs, 8-10ft tall, if unpruned. Since they require more sun, I put the two plants at either end of the bed to get either morning or afternoon/evening sun. The one that gets the afternoon/evening sun is slightly larger than the one that mainly only gets morning sun.

The other plant I selected is Ligularia ‘Midnight Lady’. It likes shade and moist soil. It is said to be a good plant near a pond if shaded. I don’t have a pond but the hose faucet is nearby so I can keep it moist if needed. It is doing VERY WELL in this spot. So well that I think I misjudged it’s eventual size and will have to divide next year. It is sometimes referred to as elephant ears and the leaves definitely fit that description. (Compare the leaves to the birdbath bowl.) It’s supposed to produce tall daisy-like flowers midsummer to fall, but it didn’t do that last year. Hopefully it will this year.

Ligularia dentata 'Midnight Lady'

ligularia with flowers
Here is a photo from the Internet of what the Ligularia looks like with flowers. I hope mine eventually looks this spectacular. ⇒⇒⇒

I love trying “unique & unusual” plants. Over the years I’ve had successes AND I’ve had failures but it’s fun to experiment. Time will tell whether  this landscape bed will be a success or need to be redone.

Related story:
Follow-up to May 2015 planting

Hard Work Is Being Rewarded

On May 25 I wrote about the hard work I’ve put into my yard over the years. My LAST project was to put new plants in along the back of my house. I added 900 lbs of top soil to raise the ground level up for proper water drainage away from the foundation. Around each new plant, I used Scotts® special soil for shrubs & trees which includes fertilizer. All the rain we have had has helped enormously!

Here’s what the new plants look like now! The Ligularia haven’t sprouted flowers yet but they are a mid-summer/fall bloomer. I really like the Coppertina Ninebark as it keeps changing colors. It and the Butterfly Bush will eventually grow as tall as the bottom of the windows.

New Plants Are Growing

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Notice that Murph is “supervising” in the background!

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Blood and Sweat … lots of both!

I’ve been working on my landscape like a crazy lady this Spring. I have fairly large landscape beds all around the house. So far I’ve put down 100 bags of mulch with one more big bed yet to go. I also just finished putting in a new 5′ x 24′ bed which required just under 1000 lbs of top soil to raise the level so it would slope away from the home.

Backyard - long view

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This photo is of my back yard. The spruce and viburnums have been in about 10-12 years as has the pear tree on the right. It’s now taller than the 2nd story windows. The variegated winter creeper (front) is providing shade and hiding the AC unit.

privacy screening

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maintenance-free landscaping

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The east side landscaping was selected to be fairly maintenance-free since it’s furthest from the faucet. My son-in-law, who is a supervisor at a landscape firm, suggested the Olentangy limestone boulders to block erosion of the slope. They were costly but really make a dramatic statement. He scored points with his mom-in-law with that idea! The white shrub is a dappled/variegated willow. If unpruned, it gets quite large – above that window behind it. Each fall, I severely cut it down. It is now in the process of growing new limbs.

colorful perennials

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A few years ago, I had the builder-provided landscaping removed from the front and all new plants installed. They’ve grown quite a bit since then, plus I’ve added some perennials on my own. The red/green shrub is pieris japonica. The light green plant to the right is bee balm. It will get about 3ft tall with brilliant scarlet flowers. It only looks good for the 3-4 weeks that it blooms then it needs to be cut down. It spreads like crazy, so I’ve divided it and planted some elsewhere for the hummingbirds. Toward the top of the photo are three white phlox that also get tall and contrast nicely with the bee balm.

large barberries

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The west side has large plants to deflect the effects of weather on this side. In between the large barberries are green/white striped ornamental grasses that grow to about 6 ft with draping fronds.

new landscape bed

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Ninebark Coppertina

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My last project was to build a bed along the back of my home (above) (the brown “thing” by the tree is Murph). I am unfamiliar with two of the plant types so am anxious to see what they do. On each end of the bed are Coppertina Ninebark which can grow 8-10 ft and 6 ft wide. They are to get a brilliant bronze-red in the summer.

Ligularia

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The other plant is Ligularia. It will have very dark black-purple leaves then in summer grows tall daisy-like yellow-orange flowers. It will be about 30″ tall and hopefully contrast well with the Ninebark and the white Butterfly Bush in the middle.

 

 

If all goes as planned, the Ninebark and Butterfly Bush should grow up to the bottom of the windows. The only project left to do is to add a deck … so I can relax and enjoy the view!

backyard screening

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BTW, last summer I attended a neighborhood picnic. I was asked where I lived. When I told the person, she said, “Oh, you’re the lady with the landscaping!” I guess there’s worse things to have neighbors call you. 🙂

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