How to choose
Will this plant survive? I saw this sad Viburnum bodnantense ‘Pink Dawn’ at the nursery’s ‘Ugly Plant Sale’ looking quite brown, misshapen and decrepit, but as many gardeners are, I am optimistic and hopeful! Plus, I’ve never tried a viburnum before,…have you? First I determine if there is indeed life in the plant.
I scratch the bark to see if there is green underneath. Yes! Next, ask myself if this plant will do well in my area. My Sunset book says it is good in my zone 5-8, its fragrant with showy pink flowers and is partial to full sun. I’ll plant it near the front door where I can get the fragrance!
How to Plant
I plant bargain plants as usual in good soil mixed with my native soil and mulch them well to protect the root if temperatures are still hot. Water is important since we mostly plant these in the late season when it’s hot. Just flood them with water at planting time and be sure to make a watering well around them.
“Live or die”, I say to the plants, as I walk away and know I have done all I can.… They’ll get a good start and be easy care once the fall rains begin. With hope in my heart, buying rescued plants brings me a renewed interest in my garden after a hot, hot summer of hand watering. Something to look forward to and bargains as well!
Happy Spring for my ‘adopted’ plant.
Happy Snowball Viburnum! Soon you will grow tall….