12 10 19 – Lespedeza Gibraltar

Ok so it took a little longer than a couple of days to get this up. The end of season sale has been a lot busier than we expected. Even with everything being 50-70% off, the first week was the fourth highest sales week of the year. I’ve also spent a fair bit of time working on next year’s orders. There’s some very cool (and rare) plants booked already, especially in the conifers. I’ve also finally signed off on the paperwork to get someone to put together the website, www.johnsgarden.ca.  It’ll take a little while to see some changes, but this should start happening in the next couple of weeks.

taken September 13, 2012

This shrub is just a wonderful addition to any garden.  It’s called Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar’ or bush clover. In my Canada Zone 5 garden, it dies to the ground each winter and I cut it to the ground in the spring, much like butterfly bush. Each year it gets to be five feet tall, and stands up straight all summer. Then in September, when a lot of plants have finished blooming for the year, it gets covered in pink buds. As the buds open, the sheer weight of all of the flowers causes the branches to arch over and you get this gorgeous fountain of pink that lasts well into October. Even with our first frost coming weeks early on September 15, it kept blooming and looking amazing until a very hard frost/freeze did it in a week ago.

It is very drought tolerant, which was a godsend this year. Mine is planted in sand, with good soil added when it was planted eight years ago. It wasn’t watered once this year, as evidenced by the very yellow grass that you can see in the first picture. All plants in my gardens have to fend for themselves. There’s just no time for coddling (or watering, or fertilizing, or weeding, or any of that stuff that most gardeners do to keep everything looking its best). There’s also the added benefit that since it’s a legume, it’s a great nitrogen fixer.


About johnsgarden

I have a garden centre which operates out of my home in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada I write columns for a local paper, which I will include here
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3 Responses to 12 10 19 – Lespedeza Gibraltar

  1. Lajos ARENDAS says:

    John, you must be somewhat less busy by this time of the year. So can you please tell me where I can buy Lespedeza Thunbergii (or Gibraltar)? Do you sell the plant (or seeds)? I am from Ottawa but I plan to go to T.O. over the Thanksgiving weekend. So I could “hop over” to Uxbridge if you do. if not, would you know how/where I can get the plant in Ontario? Thank you in advance for your reply, whatever it may be. Lajos

    • johnsgarden says:

      I’m afraid we sold out last weekend

      • Lajos ARENDAS says:

        Thank you, John. But this means that you sell the plant. If you do remember, please notify me when you start selling it again, most likely next spring, I guess. I too will make a note to myself to contact you next April. Have a good day! Lajos (yes, one of “those” names! 🙂

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