The two of my numerous shrubs that grow all along the garden fence are now in full bloom. The one is Prunus laurocerasus, the cherry laurel and, the other one is Kerria japonica, Jew's Mallow.
I love the cherry laurel because it is evergreen and makes a nice screen.
This year it produced many inflorescences full of white flowers. They are great attraction for bees and other insects and I must tell you there is a big buzz around it! I prune it only with secateurs to keep the shrub in shape. Many people grow it as evergreen hedge. But, personally, I don't like it because by shaping the hedge these large, shiny leaves must be cut which doesn't look very pretty.
Kerria was the first one shrub planted on this site and I wanted to get rid of it in order to plant cherry laurel and some other shrubs. Kerria has long week shoots that often arch down and scramble over other plants around. That is why I wanted to eradicate it from this place. It looks lovely when in bloom, though.
Anyway, it seems that it was not so easy to remove it from the ground - it produces lots of suckers and shoots, any of them left in the ground will grow into a new plant.
So, if you cannot beat it...
Now is the cherry laurel big enough to hold the Kerria shoots and I will just let it be. The yellow flowers of wild specimen of Kerria are simple and I have a cultivar with full blooms 'Flore Pleno'.
I need to prune it right after flowering because it forms blooms on previous year wood.