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After 30 years in the garden here at Glebe Cottage, our fothergilla is still only waist high.
Fothergillas are related to witch hazel - the only other species, Fothergilla gardenii, is nicknamed witch alder.
Other plants giving excellent colour are Liquidambar trees, Fothergilla and the deciduous Euonymous.
The Fothergilla has wonderful fluffy-looking flowers in delicate yellow but, come autumn, its once-bright green leaves turn egg-yolk yellow and red.
It's best grown in a moist, acidic soil but if your soil is alkaline, either grow Fothergilla in a raised bed of acidic soil or a huge container such as a half barrel filled with ericaceous (lime-free) compost.
Miocene and the Pliocene in France; Fothergilla, possibly in the Eocene
Shop for fall color: look for fothergilla, Parrotia persica, and a variety of maples.
Summersweet, winter hazel, disanthus, enkianthus, fothergilla, witch hazel, lindera, and blueberry need acid soil (like that preferred by rhododendron).
Depending on what's in your garden, you might also try fothergilla, pussywillow, crabapple, and hawthorn.
Try Fothergilla if your garden has acid soil, or Parrotia persica for a larger space.
FOTHERGILLA gardenii is a beautiful shrub with double value.
Fothergillas need a lime-free soil and prefer a sunny spot, although they will still perform quite well in partial shade.
Others that respond well are: Actinidia, Akebia, Carpenteria, Chaenomeles, Chimonanthus, Corylopsis, Fothergilla, Kalmia, Lonicera, Magnolia, Osmanthus, Skimmia, Strachyurus, Syringa and Vitis colgnetiae.