Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Spring and summer
Hardiness – Hardy to Fully hardy (dependent on variety)
Kolkwitzia are deciduous shrubs with modest shaggy leaves and delicate clusters of pale pink, bell-shaped flowers with a deep yellow throat – these flowers are often followed by capsule looking fruits. Kolkwitzia are best suited to flower beds and borders within low maintenance cottage and informal garden settings. You should expect to see your shrubs grow to an approximate height and spread of 1.8-3m (6-10’).
Kolkwitzia are best planted in well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand or loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Dig a hole that is the same depth and width as the root ball, and spread the roots out before placing your shrub into the planting area. Back fill with the native soil and water thoroughly. It is highly recommended that Kolkwitzia are positioned in an area of full sun or part shade as this will promote an abundance of flowering.
Hard pruning can be undertaken during late winter or once the flowering period is over as these plants tend to become dense and over grown over time if not tidied regularly. This should only apply to mature plants -younger plants should be pruned to at least a third of their length. You may wish to apply a layer of mulch around the base of your shrub during active growth to retain moisture levels and suppress weeds.
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