The amabilis in Kolkwitzia amabilis–beauty bush’s botanical name, after Richard Kolkwitz, a German botanist from the 20th century–means lovely, and that’s an apt if understated description of this old-fashioned, dependable and flower-laden shrub.
Add “fragrant” to its list of attributes. Continue reading
Wisteria is gloriously, delicately mauve and hypnotically fragrant in June, as long as the buds haven’t been frozen over winter or in a late spring frost.
“Everyone talks about this winter’s storm damage to tree branches, but no one mentions the effect the cold may have had on spring-flowering shrubs and trees,” commented my friend Douglas Markoff as we chatted about the weather (what else?) last week. Continue reading
Hamamelis X intermedia ‘Diane’
Late last week I was at the kitchen sink gazing out the window at the snow-covered garden when my eye caught flashes of deep copper-maroon on the witch hazel near the side of the house.
“The first sign of spring!” I shouted with joy, scaring Rufus away from Jake’s bowl, where he was surreptitiously scarfing down the remains of Jake’s breakfast.
I rushed out immediately and took a picture of Hamamelis X intermedia ‘Diane’, a lovely shrub I forget about until suddenly its fringe-like blossoms trumpet spring on a cold February morning. It’s important to preserve these moments to share with your gardening buddies.
Then I rushed down to the end of the garden to check out H. X intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’, ‘Diane’s brother cultivar, which blooms in a pretty yellow. Eureka! it was starting to show too. Continue reading