The highly fragrant, showy blossom of Viburnum shrubs make them a delight in any garden, especially when positioned near a path or at the front of a border to fully enjoy the intoxicating spring scent. Further interest is provided by ornamental fruits, evergreen foliage or deciduous foliage that turns pretty autumn colours.
Viburnum look lovely in borders or beds, but equally can hold their own as a focal point when in flower. The flowers have 5 petals and are arranged in corymbs that make a big impact in any sized garden. For show stopping pure white flowers that resemble a snowball, choose Viburnum erubescens 'Eskimo', whilst for clusters of pretty pink-flushed white flowers, look at Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'. For winter interest, the pink flowers of Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn' Shrub won’t disappoint.
The attractive green foliage varies between varieties, with some being entire and others toothed. During flowering season, the foliage creates a good foil to the flowers (with the exception of ‘Dawn’ that flowers on bare stems). Deciduous foliage takes on beautiful autumn colours for added interest later in the year or you can opt for Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' that has evergreen foliage.
Viburnums are easy to grow as long as you avoid water-logged soil. Most varieties are happy in either full sun or partial shade. Viburnum can be clipped with secateurs to keep them in a formal shape if you so wish. They provide value to various forms of wildlife that make use of their flowers, berries and the protection these shrubs offer.