Gardeners have become more environmentally concious over the past few decades. They're employing more environmentally sound principles in the landscape, such as using less pesticide, composting more, and even instlaling rain gardens.
Plant pallettes have also changed slightly for gardeners, incorporating into the landscape more pollinator friendly plants as well as native species.
Virginia willow, also known as Virginia sweet spires, or Itea Virginica, is a popular native shrub here in Louisiana. Interest in it has risen in the past few years. Henry's Garnet Virginia willow is a particuar variety that's been named a Louisiana Super Plant this year.