Winter cheer – Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'
This sweetly-scented hybrid is in flower now – look out for it in the Winter Garden.
10 Dec 2010
Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' (Image: RBG Kew)
The clusters of frost resistant rosy pink flowers are borne on bare stems from October through to early March, and can sometimes last until Easter. There are several species of Viburnum, including Viburnun farreri, planted along the south side of the Palm House Pond, along with other Winter interest plants such as Mahonia and Skimmia.
They can also be found near the Ice House in the Winter Garden to the left of the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The plants in this area are arranged aesthetically rather than systematically. Some are garden cultivars, others are garden-worthy species from temperate regions. An evergreen backdrop sets off the shrubs that flower on bare wood. For example, the sweetly scented Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun', winter box (Sarcococca humilis) and the chocolate-scented Azara microphylla surround deciduous wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), flowering quince (Chaenomeles x superba 'Crimson and Gold'), cornelian cherry (Cornus mas), witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'), and the catkins of willow (Salix aegyptiaca). These shrubs are pruned to shape in early spring after flowering.
Let the scent guide you!
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