Viburnum opulus-Guelder rose-Hedge
Every plant at less than £1.50 Royal Horticultural Society Plants for Pollinators Flowers every spring, fruits every autumn Effective hedge...Read More
- Every plant at less than £1.50
- Royal Horticultural Society Plants for Pollinators
- Flowers every spring, fruits every autumn
- Effective hedge plant
- Beautiful autumn leaf colours
- Suits exposed gardens
- Suits coastal gardens
Get Guelder rose Viburnum opulus in your garden for a beautiful informal hedge perfect for wildlife; in early summer your plants reveal snowball white flowers in May and June, attractive to bees and other beneficial pollinators. These then give way to attractive red shiny and translucent berries, favoured by garden birds.
In autumn the maple-like leaves turn fiery shades of orange and red creating breath-taking displays right until leaf-fall in early December.
Your Guelder rose Viburnum opulus plants form an informal wildlife-friendly hedge providing great cover for garden wildlife including slug-eating frogs and toads, and mammals like much-loved hedgehogs. Cover is life-saving in winter for animals to offset the effects of bad wintry weather and in the summer, when they can take shelter from the intense sun.
In winter your plants lose the leaves but return again every spring. Even in winter the branches form protective habitats for overwintering insects and vulnerable mammals and make great roosting perches for birds like long tailed tits.
Your plants arrive as bare-root specimens which means they have a central bare and dormant stem attached to a network of roots. In this state your bare root specimens are perfect to plant from September to March so the roots settle in the soil over winter, becoming hardy and productive before they put up lots of leafy and flowering stems from spring onwards.
Position your plants around 1m (3 1/2ft) apart and they come together to form a hedge. Consider planting temporary bedding for colour and to keep weeds down while you wait for your Viburnum plants to cover the bare soil.
Every November trim your plants lightly to keep them in shape for a more formal hedge or leave to create a wilder and less formal look. Left untrimmed this variety will grow to a height of 3m (10ft) and make great plants, grown in isolation too.
10 bare-root plants.
Height: 3m / 10ft if left unpruned.