Today I’ll introduce you to a favorite perennial in the garden – the almond bush. Several gardening websites warn you not to confuse the bush with its second-cousin once removed, the almond tree. Actually, I’m jesting about that second part, the bush and tree are not related. The almond tree is conveniently called that because it produces almonds. The almond bush does not produce almonds (this is one of the ways you can tell the difference between the bush and the tree). However, it’s rumored that the blossoms smell like almonds and that explains the confusing jargon. Alas, the blossoms smell nothing like almonds to me, but it’s still a lovely bush.
A native of Argentina, the almond bush loves full sun and is fairly drought tolerant. It’s slated as being hardy from zone 8-11, but we’re in zone 6 and our bushes have done very well, surviving brutally cold winters and being among the first to leaf out in early spring. Flowers bud out pink and fade to white as they age.
The sweetly scented blossoms attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It’s a beautiful addition to any garden as well as a useful perennial for wildlife. The doubled, frilly blossoms cover the branches in early spring. They are so delicate and tiny that they look like little fairy blossoms. The similarity is even more alluring when covered in dewdrops and spiderwebs. They’ve been delightful additions in the garden – their sprays of blossoms are breathtaking in the spring and then silver-grey foliage dresses the bush for the long summer months.
Blessings to you,