|Kolwitzia in full bloom|
When we moved to this house nearly three decades ago, one of the first shrubs I planted was a Kolwitzia amabilis. This delightful shrub is from Western China - its common name is Beauty Bush. It belongs to the honeysuckle family and was named after Richard Kolwitz, a botanist in Berlin around 1900; amabilis means lovely. It grows to about 10 feet in height with arching branches which are covered in pale pink flowers in June.
|Kolwitzia - August 2011|
Mine had outgrown its space and become very woody and definitely needed a haircut. So last August after it had finished flowering I decided to give it a good prune to try and rejuvenate it.
|Kolwitzia - May 2012|