June 13, 2013
Q. Can you suggest a shrub to put alongside a Diablo ninebark?
It would be facing east and the soil would be normal to dry. I was thinking of Pinky Winky Hydrangea or smokebush (but that's kind of big). Markham, Ont.

A. A Diablo ninebark looks nice when flanked by two dwarf Japanese barberry cultivars called Golden Nugget. The mounding form fits beautiful nestled beside the taller cascading ninebark. The contrast in colour and texture is quite dramatic. They love the morning sun and are drought tolerant.

Linda Hugli
Master Gardener