You know the old saying. In its first year, a plant sleeps. In the second year, it creeps. Come the third year, it leaps!
This, as you may have learned, is so true. Take the Kolkwitzia amabilis, otherwise known - perhaps more aptly - as beauty bush. What an outstanding plant! I have two of the 'Dream Catcher' variety. They were little squirts when I acquired them. Nothing much happened for two years. Since then, whew! They've taken off.
Now they stand side by side along a fence, about five feet tall, their wand-like branches hanging over and, depending on the time of day, reaching out to people passing by. Yesterday, a young mother and her toddler stopped to admire them. Mom wanted to know what they were. Of course, she hadn't ever heard the name.
I wasn't surprised. What's surprising is that this shrub, native to central China, apparently enjoyed great popularity in this country after World War I and then dropped out of sight. It's now - supposedly - undergoing a bit of a revival, though I've never seen it at a garden center. (It's available online, however.)