Vibrant Viburnums

After magnolias, viburnums are my favourite flowering shrubs.  A large family, Michael A. Dirr has devoted an entire book to them called “Viburnums  Flowering Shrubs for every Season”.  From our native species like the nannyberry and arrowwood viburnums that grow by the roadside to the highly scented spring flowering burkwood and koreanspice viburnums from Asia, there is a shrub for every garden. Viburnum juddii My favourites are … Continue reading Vibrant Viburnums

A shrub for now

A wonderful large shrub or small tree for now is Heptacodium miconioides or seven-son flower.  It flowers from August to October, bearing clusters of tiny fragrant white flowers.  The bark shreds, giving winter interest and the shrub forms an open slightly tiered effect.  Fall colour can be muted but the calyces, the bits left over after the flowers are done, turn a bright reddish pink.  Another bonus … Continue reading A shrub for now