Ruby Slippers is a magnificent year-round addition to any landscape, with large oakleaf-shaped leaves that turn from deep green to russet-mahogany in autumn, adding another season of glory to this petite shrub. (In mild climates, they remain on the shrub throughout winter.) And the blooms are ever-changing and so long-lasting, as stunning in the vase or dried as Everlastings as they are on the plant.
Ruby Slippers is easy to grow, even in the hard-packed clay soils of the south and southeast. It needs plenty of moisture -- that "Hydr-" at the beginning of its Latin name means "water"! --and appreciates a bit of shade south of zone 6, but other than that, it is quick to establish and very long-lived. This will be a landmark of your garden, treasured for decades.
Expect Ruby Slippers to reach just 3½ feet tall and to spread 5 feet wide. Perfect for the foundation, along the driveway, in the front of the shrub border, or as an accent just about anywhere, Ruby Slippers also makes a great specimen planting in smaller landscapes. So versatile, so easy, so endlessly beautiful! Highly recommended. Zones 5-6 in full sun, and through zone 8 in part shade.