Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Pink Cloud’

Plant of the month: May

Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud' - Plants of the Month May

Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Pink Cloud’The Beauty Bush, a member of the family Caprifoliaceae can be seen on the Wilson Walk, on the edge of the Fern Walk, and the Rock Garden

This lovely shrub introduced by EH Wilson in 1901, is graceful hardy and deserving a place in any garden. It is smothered in pink flowers with a yellow throat for May and June, this year it has been slower to open than other years. The flowers are about 12mm across.

Kolkwitzia are deciduous, suckering shrubs from mountainous areas of China. They grow best in fertile, well drained soil in full sun. They can be pruned after flowering by cutting back flowering shoots to strong buds. On mature plants cut back a quarter of old shoots to the ground to gradually rejuvenate the whole shrub.