Middle South

June, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Water Garden Tour
The South Carolina Koi and Water Garden Society will sponsor its 13th annual tour on June 4th and 5th. Saturday hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday the gardens are open from 1 to 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and will be available at a number of local business, including South Pleasantburg Nursery, Underwood's Nursery, Madawaska Hardscape Products, and at all featured gardens. For more information, visit the Web site at www.sckwgs.org.

Favorite or New Plant

'Mohawk' Viburnum
What makes this plant so special? Well, plenty! 'Mohawk' viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii) is disease resistant, which is always a bonus, and its foliage turns a brilliant orange-red in autumn. But the best reason to grow this large shrub is for its beautiful and fragrant flowers. Clusters of dark red flower buds form at branch tips in late winter and persist for many weeks before opening into 3 to 4 inch snowballs of waxy white flowers with just a hint of pink. The enticing fragrance is strong and spicy, much like cloves.

Give this shrub plenty of room and it will grow to 8 to 10 feet tall and wide. It's tolerant of many soils and conditions, but grows best in full sun to part shade, and likes well-drained soil with regular moisture.

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