How to grow Viburnum

Viburnum often get a bad press because some varieties are frequently used in landscaping around supermarkets and stores, but Viburnums are a lovely garden shrub with a great variety both evergreen and deciduous. Viburnum is hardy, easy to grow,  and tolerant of most conditions apart from exposed sites with chill winds. Viburnum will grow in sun or partial shade and is a great addition to shrub border with very attractive flowers, often scented and with berries in the Autumn. 

The varieties illustrated above will grow up to 3 meters and are very easy requiring little or no attention from one year to the next. Illustrated above right is Viburnum tinus, hardy and evergreen with lovely white flowers during late winter and early spring for a long period followed by berries.  Most of the evergreen Viburnums have white /cream or tinged pink flowers although some are summer flowering such as V japonica and odoratissimum, which as the suggests, is scented.

Image left is Viburnum x  carlcephalum which is decidous with the most lovely fragrant flowers in the spring and it's flower  looks very similar to Viburnum x burkwoodii, which also has scented flowers in the spring and is one of the most popular Viburnums. Although the flowers look very similar, Viburnum burkwoodii is evergreen where carlcephalum isdeciduous, but both have scented flowers in mid- late spring.  The center image is Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' a better known deciduous variety with heavily scented flowers over a long period from late autumn to spring.

Some of the summer flowering Viburnums are showy such as x plicatum (known as the Japanese snowball bush)  'Summer Snowflake' and 'Pink Beauty'  As a shrub Viburnum is easier to grow than Daphne x burkwoodii which is also ever green and scented, but more temperamental .

 All these  varieties are available in garden centres and on line any of  which will look good in a shrub border and you will not have to fuss over them at all.

 Viburnums are not particular about soil as long as it is not too wet or water logged, and will grow in both part sun and part shade. If you are thinking of planting a shrub border it is well worth looking at the varieties of Viburnums for their delicate flowers, often scented and the bonus of berries for the birds.

If Viburnum is not the shrub for you, check out shrubs and bushes; spring flowering shrubssummer flowering shrubsshrubs with autumn and winter interest; and evergreen shrubs.

Easy to Grow Viburums

One of the few groups of plants which has more than one wheelbarrow. This is because some varities are very easy to grow others more difficulty.

The easy ones are V. tinus, japonica, odoratissimum and carlcephalum. Also Viburum x plicatum (known as the Japanese snowball bush)  'Summer Snowflake' and 'Pink Beauty'  

Amber Wheelbarrow some Viburums are more difficult to grow.

Amber Wheelbarrow some Viburums are more difficult to grow. This is often because the growing conditions are more critical and they are slighly less hardy.

 More tricky are V. bodnantense 'Dawn' and Daphne x burkwoodii