Plants of the month Two stunning spring-flowering shrubs
Flowering shrubs add height as well as colour to your garden; here are two stalwarts.
(Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’) With its showy creamy-white flowers in spring, the snowball bush makes a striking plant that can’t be missed! Its blooms are actually clusters of little flowers that together resemble a ball. The flowers are initially green, turning creamy-white over time until the shrub is covered in a mass of blooms for about four weeks. In autumn, it provides even more colour in your garden when the leaves change colour.
The snowball bush likes good summer rain; keep it moist in summer in winter rainfall regions and in those areas that experience very dry summers. It also prefers cool to cold winters and won’t do well in very dry inland areas or in the warm, humid parts of the country. Plant it in the sun, although it prefers semi-shade in areas with a hot, dry spring – also keep the roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.
The shrub needs fairly rich and fertile soil, and likes a spot that is sheltered from the wind.
Both of these shrubs get big. Keep the mature plants’ size in mind when deciding where to plant them.