Paul’s Plant Picks: Viburnum dilatatum ‘Henneke’ Cardinal Candy

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This has been a great autumn for dazzling fall colour in the garden. Each day I stop and take in the beautiful vistas throughout the TBG gardens, Edwards Gardens, and the surrounding ravine system. With all this eye candy competing for our attention, you might miss some of the outstanding fruit-bearing shrubs. One that I like in particular is Viburnum dilatatum ‘Henneke’ Cardinal Candy. A group of these shrubs can be seen along the path between the Perennial Border and Nature’s Garden. This Viburnum cultivar truly offers multiple seasons of interest. In mid- to late spring, it’s covered with dense clusters of fragrant, creamy white blooms that pollinators simply can’t resist. These flowers are followed by masses of vibrantly coloured berries, which offer great fall and winter appeal. Do not worry about having to remove or clean up these berries, the birds– in particular, waxwings–will visit your garden and take care of it for you. And if all this wasn’t enough, this shrub also has good fall colour.

Viburnum dilatatum ‘Henneke’ thrives best if planted in full sun to part shade. Plants will reach five to six feet or taller, and have about a four to five foot spread. I hope you have the opportunity to visit our gardens and see these beautiful specimens for yourself.

Did you know that beneath the perennial border, there are two large underground cisterns that capture and store up to 60, 000 litres of rain water, which is then used to irrigate our garden?.

Reminder: for more about our gardens, check out Head Gardener Sandra Pella’s What’s in Bloom blog.

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Aldona Satterthwaite about the author: Aldona Satterthwaite

Aldona Satterthwaite started gardening as a child and has never stopped. Until recently, she was the executive director of Toronto Botanical Garden. Previously, Aldona was editor-in-chief of Canadian Gardening magazine, which during her eight-year tenure was twice named Magazine of the Year (large circulation category) by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 2007, she was co-named Editor of the Year. Aldona, who’s a Master Gardener, completed her journalism studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University) in London, England and studied landscape architecture at Ryerson University. She’s enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career that has spanned magazines, advertising and the museum world, and has included stints as Director of Writing Services at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and as manager of creative services at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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