Winter Flowering Viburnum
Several planted through out the gardens (the big shrubs
with pink flowers you won't miss them!)
Viburumns are diverse groups of around 150 species of shrubs and
small trees that grow throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Most have
attractive flowers and berries, some have good autumn colour
This winter flowering Viburnum -Viburnum x
bodnantense 'Dawn' is a hybrid between the equally garden
worthy Viburnum grandiflorum and Viburnum
ferreri, both native to China. It was originally created
by Charles Lamont who was the assistant curator at The Royal
Botanical Gardens Edinburgh in 1933.
For some unknown reason he was not keen the resulting hybrid, he
decided not to propagate it. In 1934, the same cross was
undertaken at Bodnant Gardens in North Wales (hence the name
bodnantense). Luckily the gardeners there did like
it and introduced it for the rest of us to enjoy.
Growing up to 3 metres, it is a large shrub and for most of the
year very unassuming. However from December through to February it
produces deliciously scented flowers in clusters along its bare
branches. Stems cut for the house last a long time and the scent is
even more pronounced.
For gardens with space it is easy to grow with no real care and
attention needed so long as they are planted somewhere they like;
sunny or part shade avoiding excessively wet or very well drained
soils. They rarely, suffer from pest and disease with no annual
AGM (Royal Horticultural Society
Award of Garden Merit). This award indicates
that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant
trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing
its garden worthiness.