May 16, 2024

Planting Viburnum and Pearl Bush

This is the busiest time of year at my farm - so many new plants, trees, and shrubs are being added to the gardens, especially in my living maze.

Viburnums have long been one of the most popular flowering landscape shrubs. This large group of plants consists of more than 150 species and numerous named cultivars. Viburnums include deciduous and evergreen specimens as well as small trees, mostly native to North America or to Asia. The flowers come in three major types - flat clusters of florets, flat umbels outlined with larger blossoms, and dome-shaped, snowballs. I grow several varieties here at Cantitoe Corners and all are my favorites. Recently, we added a section of viburnum bare root cuttings from Bailey Nurseries and First Editions Shrubs & Trees. We also added another kind of shrub that's new to my gardens - pearl bush, Exochorda, a loose, upright, spring-flowering deciduous shrub in the Roseaceae family that features long-blooming small, round, pearl-like flower buds that open to pure white five-petaled flowers.

Enjoy these photos.