Plant of the Week: Kodiak Fresh® Diervilla

Kodiak Fresh Diervilla with vibrant fall color in a garden

Fresh from Spring to Fall

Are you itching to begin checking off tasks on your spring garden to-do list yet? If so, Kristina wrote a blog giving you four tips to keep in mind during spring cleanup. If you’re in a cooler climate like me and just got hit with another snowstorm, you’ll have to wait a while before you start your spring tasks, but you can always start taking note of what needs to be done when the weather is right. 

When the warm weather starts to roll in, our spring interest plants will start to show off. One shrub that I look forward to seeing this spring is Kodiak Fresh® Diervilla (Diervilla x splendens). 

Close up of the red, orange, and green foliage of Kodiak Fresh Diervilla

While Kodiak Fresh® diervilla’s tubed yellow flowers don’t appear until summer, the show really starts in spring when its new growth emerges vibrant orange and red, maturing to a lime green/chartreuse. The summertime flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollinators galore, and the vibrant foliage shows off well into fall, giving truly long-lasting fall color. 

This native shrub will thrive in full sun to full shade, but for the best foliage color and flowering, place it in an area with a few hours of direct sunlight. It’s hardy in USDA zones 3-8, and once established, it’s quite drought tolerant. Growing to 2-3’ tall and wide, Kodiak Fresh® diervilla fits in a number of gardens, including cut flower gardens, because it makes for a truly stunning foliage filler in arrangements. 

Kodiak Fresh® diervilla doesn’t require regular pruning, but if you desire a neater look, it’s best to prune diervilla in spring. It benefits from a rejuvenation prune every 3 to 5 years; just remove ⅓ of the thickest branches all the way to the ground. 

Mix Kodiak Fresh® in your garden with plants of different textures to create more visual interest. Don’t know where to start? Check out Kristina’s “3 Visual Textures for Plants” blog to learn more about incorporating contrasting textures in your garden.

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