This plant, the fothergilla, is an attractive but nondescript plant most of the year. It starts out in spring with fuzzy little bottlebrush flowers, its leaves open to a deep blue green and stay that way most of the year. But come autumn this plant is exceptional:
There are a few more things I really like about this plant: It prefers shade, it prunes very well, its small and slow growing, and its a native plant. Lastly, its name is kinda fun to say…say it…(father-geeya)…yup that’s it.