June 28, 2017

A Peony’s Best Pal

Kolkwitzia amabilis - Beautybush

Janine Pineo Photo | Kolkwitzia amabilis – Beautybush

About the time the peonies start to open at the end of May, so do the pink, tubular flowers of Kolkwitzia amabilis, better known as beautybush. This deciduous shrub is a graceful addition to any garden, with its arching branches and lush form easily topping 8 feet in height and width. Those flowers cascading down those arching branches are greatly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. A member of the honeysuckle family, this plant originated in central China and was first sent to England in 1901. As for its hardiness, Garden Maine’s is planted in a solid Zone 4, although some sources say the plant is only hardy to Zone 5. Beautybush is a peony’s best friend, too, in that it provides a lush canvas against which the elegant peony can display its charms to advantage.

Kolkwitzia amabilis - Beautybush

Janine Pineo Photo | Kolkwitzia amabilis – Beautybush