Gar­den tips:


Sea­sonal ad­vice from Keith Clout­ing

Ca­ly­can­thus x raulstonii ‘Hart­lage wine’

This or­na­men­tal medium to large de­cid­u­ous mul­ti­stemmed shrub from North Amer­ica has aro­matic bark and leaves and pro­duces un­usual bur­gundy-coloured flow­ers with a cream cen­tre from late spring un­til late sum­mer. The leaves then colour up to a but­ter yel­low in au­tumn to give it a long sea­son of in­ter­est. It’s a fully hardy shrub but does ben­e­fit from pro­tec­tion against cold dry­ing winds; it will grow on most soils in­clud­ing chalk if plenty of or­ganic mat­ter is in­cor­po­rated.

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