Cool gardens plant of the week #8-Wisteria brachybotrys

I have 3 wisteria on my house on the south facing side- one is a standard Chinese Wisteria sinensis, growing very vigourously and flowering well, hard not to love. Then the 2 new ones, both are the silky Wisteria brachybotrys varieties- they look rather different, particularly when in bud, with delightful silky buds opening to a slightly more waxy looking flower in a strong purple. The heavenly scent is wafting across the garden even from these relatively small specimens. The one below is Wisteria brachybotrys “Ikojama Fuji” and is the absolute star plant in the garden at present. It does help that Daniel from our partners at Overleaf Gardens has pruned and trained them all so well. I wish I could bottle the smell for you, but I highly recommend this as a special purchase!

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