A number of years ago, I came across an enkianthus at Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor. It was in full bloom with its little bell flowers and I vowed to find one somewhere.
Well, I did. And now it towers in a quiet corner of the yard, right above a newly replanted bed that has some Siberian iris I got this spring from Fieldstone Gardens in Vassalboro (all Dr. Currier McEwen varieties) and an orange-yellow echinacea (pictured at left in one of the Around the yard photos) I found at Sprague's Nursery in Bangor. For now, the bed is just a stopover for the plants to get rooted and then I will replant them in other beds in the next couple of years.
This fall, the enkianthus will turn into a blaze of orange and red, putting the maples to shame.
It is a beautiful sight, anytime of the year.