We’ve had beautiful sunny weather here that’s really encouraged flowering shrubs to perform. They’re a lovely sight, but it always feels like a real bonus when they have scent as well.
I always like to include scented plants when I create a planting plan for my clients, it’s an element that can easily be overlooked, but adds such a fabulous dimension to the garden.
There are lots of scented shrubs around at this time of year, doing their utmost with their heady perfume to attract pollinating insects, and Viburnum carlesii is one of them.
Part of the large range of Viburnum shrubs, Viurnum carlesii is a deciduous shrub, with clusters of reddish buds opening to pink tinged, white flowers in April-May. It has that wonderful intoxicating scent that I always feel belongs more to mid-summer.
At 1.5 m high x 1m wide and tolerating most soils, it’s easy to incorporate into many gardens, generally preferring a sunny position, though mine grows happily in part shade.
It seems to disappear back into the border once the flowers fade, sometimes reappearing for a final flourish later in the year with autumn tinted leaves.
What are your favourite scented plants?