This purple leaved Ninebark shrub is one of my favourites and I plant it a lot in our landscaping projects as well as here at the farm. The foliage of Physocarpus Summer Wine is really what makes this shrub so great – foliage is purple with dark stems, creating a gorgeous contrast against other green or yellow foliage. Pinkish white flower clusters appear in the spring to provide extra interest. This upright, bushy shrub should be grown in full sun and reaches a height of 5-6 feet.
It is a fast grower and new growth can be easily trimmed in the fall or winter. This plant is a result of breeding by my favourite plant breeders, Proven Winners, so it is no wonder that it is such a great performer! Plant in a group if you have space, but singly is fine too. Next time you come to the farm, take a look at our gate plantings and you will see lots of these beauties!