Speaking of berries, I just ordered a new viburnum from www.heronswood.com that has fabulous blue and pink fruit that adorn the branch tips fall into winter. It's Viburnum nudum'Bulk' Brandywine and it grows to 6 feet. The glossy green leaves shift to wine-red and the pinkish fruit clusters turn powdery blue, but not all at once, so each cluster is a mix of colors. I have the perfect spot for it -- let's hope the deer don't like the berries.
The red flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa, is valued for its spring flowers. The single or double roselike flowers emerge in clusters, often before leaves develop. The oblong, serrated foliage opens bronze red and fades to a glossy dark green. It is very nice for a shrub border or espaliered to wall.
It's thorny, and practically indestructible. It can be pruned, but should not be sheared.
This is another much-maligned plant, because it's easy to grow and it's seen around farms and in natural settings. Again, I like it just because of those reasons -- and the deer don't touch it.
So far, so good. I bought a beautiful Japanese maple from TerraSalis during the final days of the garden center. And so far, the deer have been ignoring it. It's in a spot where they normally don't roam, and that may be to its advantage as well.
A lesson learned: Even if a plant is deer-resistant in its infancy, it's still game for the deer population.
I put in a couple of oaks to fill in where we've lost some -- my husband laughed because the little saplings look fairly pitiful near their mighty cousins, and there are thousands of acorns strewn nearby. He asked, "Why?" But I want to make sure the woods line remains stable, so I added a few small white, red and sawtooth oaks.
Bambi and friends started to have a field day with these tender little saplings, but I've put small fencing around them so the deer are deterred. We'll see.
We added red twig and yellow twig dogwood to a garden beside the driveway. It's right in the deer path, so that might be the problem. Whatever the reason, the deer have chewed on these like crazy. I've moved two of them closer to the house. The others will have to wait their turn, and hopefully there will be something left to move when the herd is finished dining.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.