Bush clover (Lespedeza thunbergii) is native to China and grows best in full sun and moderate water. It is a large shrub, ranging between 5-10 ft tall and wide. When planting, it's important to give it plenty of space for it to spread out. This is especially true when planting multiple clumps. Bush Clover thrives in moist yet well-drained, acidic soils. It prefers regular water, but it can go a few days without it in the summer. It is hardy in USDA Zone 9-11.
For growing in colder climates and regions, potted Bush Clover can be a great way to go. When planting in a pot, be sure to choose a well-draining soil and make sure it is deep enough to accommodate its long taproot. Place the pot in a sunny spot and water regularly to keep your Bush Clover healthy. Move it indoors or to a sheltered spot during cold winter months.
Bush Clover is an excellent choice for adding texture and interest to a low-maintenance garden. Its arching, fountain-like habit and its cheerful, rosy-purple flowers give the garden a lively look. You can also grow them in containers, window boxes, or as a backdrop on a trellis. If you're looking for an easy-care shrub to add to your garden, Bush Clover is a great choice.