Some gardeners might think that all viburnums are great big shrubs and they are intimidated by their size.
Size, and thinking that most viburnums are great big shrubs, is not be a good reason to not have at least one good viburnum in any garden.
Here’s a viburnum that stays smaller, maybe four feet tall and four feet wide. It’s the Korean Spice Viburnum, Viburnum carlesii.
Pink buds that bloom white in the spring, with fragrance!
Good summer foliage.
Great fall foliage color.
On some years, a few berries to feed the birds
And it is hardy in zones 5 – 8, and maybe would work in zone 4b.
I recommend everyone make room for one of these shrubs somewhere in their garden. I have two, this one in front, and one in the back by my vegetable garden. I’m especially happy with how this one in particular came back so spectacularly after some late spring cold weather nipped most of its flower buds.
And just around the corner to the left, see all that orange/yellow/red foliage? That’s Dwarf Fothergilla, Fothergilla gardenii.
Most of the year, even when in flower, these two shrubs don’t clash quite like they are clashing right now. But it’s late fall, and I’ll take whatever color I can get.
I know some gardeners try to plan their flower beds so that the flowers aren’t all clashing with each other, but does anyone plan their plantings so that the fall foliage doesn’t clash?
I obviously don’t.