Realization of the day:
I have no idea what this bush is but I love it. (Update: It's a flowering quince!)
It was here when I moved in and is definitely my kind of plant: it flourishes in our crazy Missouri climate, requires no special treatment (or even attention), doesn't grow quickly enough to need pruning or shaping, and is never bothered by disease or destructive insects.
In early spring it's covered with these delightfully bright blossoms that pretty much scream the word happy and attract swarms of bees and other pollinators (you can see a close up photo of the flowers here). This bush is located on the south side of The Shack next to the clothesline, so right now hanging up the laundry - an activity I always find fairly pleasant - is even more enjoyable. My only complaint? The flowers don't stick around for very long. Well, that and the fact that you can't eat them.
So does anybody know what this mystery bush is? If we figure it out, then you'll be able to go find one for your own yard.
Do you have a wonderfully low maintenance perennial plant in your yard or garden? Please tell us about it!
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