Royal Pavilion Garden Plant of the Month and A Moment of Wellbeing, March 2020: Viburnum Tinus

As we move towards Spring, we focus on the colourful Viburnum Tinus in the Royal Pavilion Garden.

It is an evergreen, bushy compact shrub with a height and spread of 3m (10ft). The Viburnum Tinus is frost hardy with flattened heads of small, star shaped white flowers. These are freely borne from deep pink buds, amid oval dark green leaves in winter / spring, followed by ovoid, blue fruits.

Henry Phillips, a local Regency landscape gardener said of Viburnum Tinus –

“To be used to shield bare stems of trees to form clumps in the lawn.” He described the flowers as drifts on snow on the green.

The shrubs are good for bird habitat and nesting birds. Now is the time to see Spring in the garden and hear the wonderful bird song. Stop awhile and absorb.

Robert Hill-Snook, Garden Manager

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