Another lovely late summer-early fall bloomer is Lespedeza. I’ve been growing a lovely hedge row of the cultivar ‘Pink Cascade’ for about three years now. They are not at all picky about what kind of soil they are growing in (I am growing them in unamended sand) though they tend to be more lush and larger in a heavier soil. A little bit of water for the first three months after planting and then they pretty much take care of themselves.
Lespedeza is in the lupine family and being so its flowers are very much like a sweet pea on an upright shrub with fountain-like cascading branches strongly held. They have been one of the easiest perennials that I have grown, dying back to the ground every winter and coming back strongly every spring. Lespedeza is a wonderful, hardworking perennial that is definitely worth the “room” holding down a corner of a perennial border or making a lovely hedge row in your landscape.
We carry two cultivars here at Big Bloomers. Yes…..I know what you are thinking, “What…only two?. These two are a little more “well behaved” than the species normally is.
‘Pink Cascade’ blooms late summer through fall. It grows from 3-5 feet tall.
‘Spring Grove’ is a newer cultivar that blooms late spring and then again in fall. I’ve been working on a new hedgerow of these in a different area.