But I am glad I overcame my prejudice against this plant, because I found one that is smaller, tidier, and really interesting. It is Lespedeza 'Edo Shibori'.
It is an arching shrub that is about three feet high and wide. It's a bright medium green, especially in contrast to the dark green vibunum and a pale bluish little zenobia to its left. Groundcover persicaria sends up little fuzzy pink spikes right below it.
What makes this small bush clover a standout is that the flexible stems bounce. They don't just catch the breeze and wave, they positively bounce and flail about.
I took a very amateur video of it on one humid afternoon when there was just the slightest hot breeze. You can watch it here if you don't comment on my videography skills.
This plant moves. The slightest breath of air and lespedeza gets all excited. It is in direct line of sight from where I sit on the porch, and I never tire of watching it.
Even a still shot usually captures the foliage whipping about.
It is all greenery and movement for most of the summer. The magenta and white flowers don't show up until very late summer. They are tiny and inconspicuous, but they cover the arching stems completely. To see how pretty they are you need to get very close.
In winter lespedeza dies back completely. It regrows from the ground up each season, so in early spring there is nothing to look at.
But in summer this shrub entertains. We all enjoy looking at our gardens, but how often do they actually do anything? Grasses may wave about a bit and leaves flutter, but this shrub brings kinetic energy into the view and you can't stop watching it. Garden TV.
I'm so glad I found this plant, and I am proud I overcame any prejudices I had about growing bush clover --- at least the small 'Edo Shibori' cultivar.