In the Spring this shrub always looks untidy, with unruly stems growing every which way but by June it is a cascade of flowers. The long, thin branches arch over, almost to the ground and each is covered with lilac flowers that grow spirally along the stems. On mature plants the flower stems are several feet long. My plants are grown as standards but the weight of the flowers is such that the trunk has to be staked to support it. It is also impressive when trained to grow against a wall. This cultivar has silver-backed leaves that compliment the colour of the flowers.