The compact cultivar, Viburnum opulus
'Compactum', is appropriate for any garden size and worth looking out for.
There are two wild British species worth considering mainly for their red autumn leaves: Viburnum opulus
, the guelder-rose, and Viburnum lantana, the wayfaring tree.
You can put almost anything into a mixed hedge like this - several apples we grew from pips are now residing in our hedge, as are cuttings from Viburnum opulus
- the guelder rose - and an enormous blackcurrant that outgrew its former site but seems very happy in its new home.
Half price bargain - Buy a Viburnum Opulus
(Snowball Bush) for just pounds 2.
Viburnums offer both scented flowers, usually in late winter or early spring, and then a variety of berries, from the gleaming red bunches of Viburnum opulus
, or guelder rose, to the little purple clusters of Viburnum tinus.
There are two wild British species worth considering mainly for their red autumn leaves: the many selections of Viburnum opulus
, the guelder-rose, including Roseum, and Viburnum lantana, the wayfaring tree, useful for its ability to grow well on chalky soil.
For lush foliage, brilliant white flowers and autumn interest, you can't beat a Viburnum Opulus
- especially for only pounds 3.
The guelder rose, or viburnum opulus
, is a familiar sight in the countryside where its straight, strong stems bear bunches of glossy letterbox red berries that are complemented by polychromatic leaves.
Consider too Crataegus monogyyna (Hawthorn), Ilex aquifolium (Holly), Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan), Hedera (Ivy), Viburnum opulus
(Guelder Rose), all Cotoneaster and Pyracantha (Firethorn).
To enhance the effect of the autumn display, look out for grasses that produce good flower spikes at this time of year such as miscanthus, cortaderia and stipa and for good measure, blend in one or two berrying shrubs and trees such as ilex, cotoneaster, pyracantha, euonymus, callicarpa, viburnum opulus
and sorbus species and underplant with the autumn flowering cyclamen hederifolium - your autumn garden will have as much colour and interest as any brightly coloured summer garden.
THIS week's online offer consists of a Viburnum Opulus
for only pounds 1.
Many Viburnums are deciduous upright shrubs with foliage that is red-purple in the autumn.