A standard Wisteria floribunda ‘Kimono’
(Japanese wisteria) is flowering at the Witch Hazel Nursery, Kent, U.K. This cultivar is one of my favourites with greyish petals with a purple calyx contrasting with the pale flowers.
Wisteria Open Day at the Witch Hazel Nursery, Kent, U.K., offered a great opportunity to compare species and cultivars. Here are a number of Wisteria brachybotrys (silky wisteria) cultivars grown for their different colour flowers. This is a deciduous anticlockwise twining climber. The leaves are up to 35cm long with about 11 downy leaflets while the flowers hang in sprays 10-15cm long and are highly scented. They can be followed by bean-like velvety seedpods.