Abeliophyllum distichum exuding floral scent from the mass of pink tinged blossom covering the deciduous wood. Worth a walk to the south facing border at the foot of the Arid land house to appreciate.
Plant this slow growing shrub in full sun to allow the wood to ripen in the summer, anywhere else this far north and the plant will sit and sulk.
Introduced from Korea in 1924 where the summers bake the wood allowing reliable flowering. Sharing the family Oleaceae and the characteristic pithy, hollow stems with another spring flowering favourite; the genus Forsythia.