Yes, I know it’s a mouthful, but I love it even so. When I’m feeling tongue-tied, I can always refer to it by its common name: beautybush.
I received this shrub, Kolkwitzia Dream Catcher maybe 10 years ago as a trial plant from Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, Michigan. Actually, there were two plants, seedlings really, just a foot or so tall on a single stem. A lovely surprise since I had read about kolkwitizia but never seen it in the flesh, let alone grown it. I decided to make room for the pair under the bay window at the corner of the house, a spot where my sunny front border transitions to the semi-shady side yard.
People ask me why, year after inexplicable year, I continue to crank out these bizarre little lyrics for the holidays.
This is the year of the hellebore, at least in my garden. I have about a dozen now, with several of the lime-green ones ...
They’re back, just in time for holiday decorating and gift giving! Terrariums, that is. They’ve recently made a big comeback…
Hard to pronounce, easy to grow, Kolkwitzia Dream Catcher™ was worth waiting for.
This, as I have been told by the esteemed staff of Chicagoland Gardening magazine, is the Ideas Issue.