What, you say? That old classic? You went all the way to Colorado and came home enamored with a honeysuckle?
Well, this one stopped me in my tracks. It is Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost'.
She says it all -- the color of the perfectly round discs is eerie, and a real addition to the night garden. It gets no aphids (unlike Lonicera sempervirens), it grows robustly in part shade or sun and it is covered with yellow tubular honeysuckle flowers in spring.
After the flowers, the silver dollar sized bracts turn white and keep their shimmery pale color all summer.
Yep, I gotta have this.
High Country Gardens has it.
The plant was first found by William Kintzley in the 1880s at Iowa State University greenhouses. Over the years he propagated it and gave plants away to family, but it was never introduced into the nursery trade. In 2001 a nurseryman in Ft. Collins, Colorado spotted it growing in the yard of a family member as he drove down the street, and he stopped to knock on the door and ask what it was.
That was how this special honeysuckle became available. It's relatively new to gardeners, but was an old family heirloom, grown and treasured in Kintzley family gardens for over 100 years.
How strange and wonderful.
|from Sugar Creek Gardens|