Upper South

April, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Fragrant Viburnums
With some 150 to 200 species and many more cultivars, the genus Viburnum provides some of the most noted garden shrubs. Among these are some of the most fragrant plants in the garden, with their clusters of pink to white flowers filling the spring garden with an intoxicating fragrance. All of these grow best in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Periodic pruning is helpful in removing older stems to reduce over-crowding and stimulating new growth and flowering stems. The fragrant viburnums include V. x burdwoodii, V. x carlecephalum, V. carlesii, V. carlesii 'Compactum', V. 'Cayuga', V. farreri, and V. x juddii.

Tool or Gardening Product

Watering Wand
Plants, both in the ground and in containers, are best watered with a soft, soaking spray. The best way to accomplish this is with a watering wand that attaches to the end of a hose. These also help to extend the reach of the water without hurting your back. Look for one that has a thumb-operated on-off valve. There are models with a simple soaking head as well as ones that have several settings, from a gentle mist to a jet spray, the latter of which should only be used for washing off drives and decks, never on plants.

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