The Gardening Gone Wild bloggers are having a photo contest! They want a photo of a native plant featured in a garden setting. I'm selecting this photo which features two native plants from the southeast. Actually, only one is blooming in the photo and that is Fothergilla major "Mt. Airy". This beautiful shrub features bottle-brush type flowers in early spring which appear before the leaves. The flowers have a slight honey-like fragrance. This shrub is also beautiful in the fall when the coarse-textured leaves turn orange and yellow. This is a good shrub for woodland gardens but it performs nicely in sunny open areas as well.
The second native plant in the photo is the Oakleaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia). The blooms appear later in the spring and start out white and fade to pink. This shrub also has beautiful fall foliage. It is versatile too when it comes to conditions and light but it seems to happiest in shadier conditions.
Other plants in the photo include Wisteria sinensis 'Alba', Golden Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea') and the climbing rose "Bobbie James".
Both of these plants are in my "secret garden" area, a small garden room behind the garden wall. I am working on making this an all-white garden.