|Nandina domestica 'Firepower'.|
The foliage has been a bright offputting orange with streaky white since I planted it this spring. It has stayed a small clump all season. Does this plant look OK to you?
I read such glowing reports about nandina before I planted it. Southern gardeners say it is too rampant and a problem, but northern gardeners say it is a dieback shrub that stays within bounds and delivers so much. Specifically ---
- Red berries if you plant en masse (but I only have one).
- Deep green foliage in summer.
- Fall color to die for. To die for.
- Dwarf size for restricted areas ('Firepower' stays low and small).
I'm not seeing it. It's gaudy. Too orange. Too shaggy blobby. Too clumpy.
|This is 'Firepower' fall color as Wikipedia shows it.|
I learned long ago that the first year for a plant in your garden is not indicative of what that plant will really look like. The puny penstemons became lush specimens after I gave up on them.
The nepeta languished and was wimpy and wispy until the following year. The amsonias didn't rise to the occasion for three full years. So many other plants underwhelmed until they got going in a year.
But is this plant OK? Will it morph into something beautiful next year? Or is it just unhappy up here out of its normal range? Does it really have such garish fall color? Does it belong as a single dwarf blob in this horizontal strip?
There is a clematis that will climb the wire trellis in spring, but for now this is a flat narrow strip, punctuated by a too-bright ball of nandina, and the whole scheme needs help.
Does anyone grow Nandina domestica 'Firepower' up north? And do you like it? You are going to need to convince me.