|Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’
I’d rather have a garden full of flowers than a jewelry box full of jewels. Give me gold, and I’m likely to sell it to buy more plants.
The first blooms of Pearlbush, Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’, opened earlier this week. New to my garden, this small shrub, endured a long, hot summer trapped in a black plastic pot on my patio two years ago.
I planted it in the garden that fall, then unceremoniously dug it up and moved it to another spot in the garden early the next spring. There it suffered through yet another hot, dry summer last year with very little watering.
This spring, the Pearlbush shrub looks a little rough, but it is blooming.
The common name Pearlbush comes from the shape of the tight flower buds, which look like pearls.
|Pearlbush is named for its buds
I’m not surprised to read on the tag that this plant thrives on neglect. I have showered it with neglect for the past two years and it is doing well.
I am good at showering neglect on the plants in my garden. I have that gardening technique mastered, having learned that more plants survive with less care than with more care.
I’ve also learned that you really do want plants that flourish with a bit of neglect, instead of those that barely hang on with lavish care. You’ll be a happier gardener when you learn this, too.
Pearlbush looks like a keeper, a great addition to my jewelry box of flowers.