Over the past few years I’ve been adding more ornamental shrubs to the garden. Whether they be dwarf or massive in size, the structure they provide is welcome and necessary. Here’s a few that I’m crazy about at the moment:
Last fall I finally added a much needed Viburnum to the garden. I picked two of these up at the Native Plant Sale in September and they have grown at least 6-8″ since then. When I purchased them they had their beautiful fall berries that ranged in color from pale pink to a deep blue. These blooms were worth the wait. And the scent is like fresh linen just off the line in summer.
The Camelia was added to the garden earlier this spring. It must be happy with it’s current location since it has sprouted 3″ of new foliage on all the branches. This evergreen will be a welcome addition to the Woodland Garden this winter with it’s shiny green leaves and hopefully some beautiful blooms.
I know I showed a closeup of the blooms on this plant a couple of days ago but here’s a good shot of the entire bush. This is one of my oldest ornamental shrubs since it was added to the Arbor Garden over 5 years ago. It grows pretty quickly in the first couple of years reaching it’s maximum height of about 24″. Great for small spaces and the bees are absolutely buzzing with joy over the blooms right now. 😉 Some of my other favorite ornamentals are Hydrangeas (of course), Dwarf Pygmy Barberry, and Azaleas. What are some of yours?