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snowy43snowy43 Posts: 118

Having  trimmed back a very overgrown viburnum, I have a space for a shrub or rose in the corner of my north facing garden. It now has some sun, and I’d like to have some colour and maybe even perfume in that corner. 

What would you suggest I plant, please?

Last edited: 28 October 2017 08:07:31


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,064

    Are you intending keeping the viburnum pruned? If not, it will simply grow back and fill the space again, so anything planted there will be crowded out.

    Difficult to suggest things without knowing more about the space and size, but having said that,  Sarcococca might be ok there - evergreen, and it has scented small flowers. I don't grow them, but Daphnes might be suitable and they also have scented flowers. They tend to need some shelter, depending on your location and climate, but presumably the viburnum, and any other planting,  might offer that. I have an Osmanthus burkwoodii which is in a similar aspect. It's evergreen, and has small white flowers in late winter/early spring. 

    Potentillas will happily grow there - good length of  flowering though not evergreen or scented. 

    Hope that offers a few ideas, although there will be many more. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • snowy43snowy43 Posts: 118

    Yes I do intend to keep the viburnum pruned, although having taken off the complete front of the bush, it should take a while to regrow!

    Thank you for your ideas. I love the idea of a daphne, and the corner is sheltered.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,064

    I don't know what else you have there snowy, or what your preferences are, but don't overlook putting some spring bulbs in there as wellif you have room, especially when the shrub is small.

    Many of the narcissus are scented - Cheerfulness is one. Crocus, primulas and snowdrops will also be happy enough as long as it isn't too dry, and you can always move them as the shrub gets bigger   image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    Great choice of shrubs and plants already recommended by Fairygirl. If your area receives a bit of sun, I think Choisya Dewitteana 'White Dazzler' will be a great shrub to have near the Viburnum. A lower growing one with dark green evergreen foliage. Very easy to prune back. Lovely scented flowers in spring and then sometimes in autumn again.

  • snowy43snowy43 Posts: 118

    Thank you all for your suggestions. Lots of great ideas to choose from. 

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