How about growing this: Northern bush honeysuckle

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Northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) is a handsome small shrub that thrives in poor, sandy soil.

Last spring I planted one bush honeysuckle in a shady spot where I’ve never been able to grow anything except Christmas fern. It did great, and I’ve ordered 6 more.

This is a plant for shady spots with poor, dry soil–need I say more? And it’s very attractive: the new growth throughout the season is lovely shades of red and gold, as you see in the photo above. This spring’s new growth is primarily burgundy. It produces many clusters of small yellow flowers in summer. It’s a member of the honeysuckle family, so the flowers are very pretty. And did I say it prefers shade and poor, dry soil?

Diervilla lonicera (Northern bush honeysuckle)

Flowers of Diervilla lonicera (northern bush honeysuckle).

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