Oh happy-happy, joy-joy! My Button Bush is blooming! This is a wonderful shrub I bought several years ago from a native plant sell, but I was afraid last year's drought had killed it. I was so thrilled to see the bush start growing again, and now this - about a dozen "button-size" blooms.
The Button Bush, or Cephalantus occidentalis, is a bog plant that is native to the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Since I don't have a bog garden - not yet anyway! - I have this shrub planted near my front porch where the gutter drains. This area stays cool and moist throughout the summer and makes the perfect environment for my 4-year old Button Bush.
I am a married mother of 3 grown daughters and I have 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I currently have a gardening column in the Sunday's Advocate Messenger and I freelance for Kentucky Monthly magazine and Examiner.com.