Hi, my daughter has moved into her first home and has s large garden. Mostly lawn but one area has shrubs including a large Viburnum bodnantese Dawn. It is looking very tired, almost no flowers just a few on the ends of branches. Any tips on rejuvenating it? She loves the shrub it was on her wish list but this is a sorry specimen. Thanks in advance for your advice
I have had one for many, many years.
I don't give it any special treatment. It sends up very long shoots in summer which I cut back, but only to keep it at around 6-7ft. It flowers well in the winter (but does look a bit bedraggled now). I also cut some old stems out at the base every year or two to encourage new growth from the base.
When the leaves appear in a few weeks it looks very healthy again and grows quickly.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
In the sticks near Peterborough
A general feed with Blood, fish & Bone and a mulch with some organic something to help the worms to improve the soil.
Dont forget it may well have struggled in the drought last summer ... a bit of mild tlc should perk it up.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.