Flowerland Feature: Diervilla ‘Cool Splash’ Bush Honeysuckle

There’s a new bush in town. It’s the new Northern Bush Honeysuckle, Diervilla ‘Cool Splash’ (Diervilla sessilifolia). It is the first variegated form of the genus Diervilla, and its a beauty!

'Cool Splash' has been in the works since 2004, and was just released to the public this summer!
‘Cool Splash’ has been in the works since 2004, and was just released to the public this summer!

The ‘Cool Splash’ has small yellowish-white flowers, and provides a compact planting alternative with a maximum height and width of 3-4′. The variegation looks amazing against dark colored leaves (ie Heuchera), and is perfect for stopping your eye at borders edge.

Clusters of yellow flowers bloom May-June.
Clusters of yellow flowers bloom late May-July. Hardy zones 4-8.

‘Cool splash’ prefers a part-shade location and works well in poor soil conditions, but prefers moist, well-drained soils. They are drought tolerant once established. In prime soil and light conditions it will send out suckers (known as a colonizing shrub) forming a more dense shrub, but will never be invasive. This means they will work well in preventing erosion.

Bumblebees and Honey bees love the flowers of the Northern bush Honeysuckle.
Bumblebees and Honey bees love the flowers of the Northern Bush Honeysuckle.

Diervillas are a great choice if you are looking for a fast-growing, versatile alternative for your semi-shaded landscape.  The ‘Cool Splash’ is affordable, easy to care for and will adapt to harsh conditions with ease.  Perfect for planting under pines with you other shade garden favorites!

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