This is one of the most outstanding foliage and flowering shrubs
for any cool and temperate garden. In spring and early summer it's
covered with heavily scented creamy white flowers, each with a
yellow boss of stamens in the centre. It grows no more than 1.5m
so it fits in beautifully in a mixed border. But the great delight
is the soft golden leaves on long arching branches. These remain
lime-yellow in shady parts of the bush.
It's very easy to grow, flourishing in any kind of soil. Thin
out the shrubs and cut out the oldest wood after blooming is
finished. To strike new plants, take 6cm soft-tip cuttings or 15cm
semi-hardwood cuttings in summer and autumn. Keep them warm and
humid until new roots are established.
This plant has virtually no pest or disease problems. Happy in
semi-shade and withstanding heavy frosts, it is perfect for a
protected part of the garden.