With fall colors waning, structural drama is grabbing our attention now and the native deciduous shrub Buttonbush is giving an outstanding show.
An excellent rain garden plant, Buttonbush grows in moist, humas rich soil in full sun to part shade locations. It has fragrant white blooms in June and July that attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects and a golden fall foliage color. Late summer to early fall sees the ball-shaped blooms give way to hard, rounded fruits that resemble pincushions. These seed pods remain all winter long and are enticing to birds. Beautiful as a naturalized planting near ponds and water gardens.