Aromatic scents to brush against

Viburnum juddii. Picture by Tom Pattinson

Viburnum juddii. Picture by Tom Pattinson

  • by Tom Pattinson, gardening correspondent

There are surplus rosemary plants standing in three-inch pots outdoors, just waiting for good homes.

They started life as soft-wood stem cuttings in mid-May last year, shortly after flowering finished.

The parent plants are a blue haze of bloom at present.

The foliage of rosemary is so aromatic that planting this shrubby herb near pathways where it can be brushed against, comes as second nature to gardeners.

It’s also useful to have one planted near the kitchen door.

There’s nothing edible about viburnum juddi, pictured, but it is certainly fragrant-plant-of-the-month in my estimation.

This shrub has been a garden resident for 20 years yet has only reached 1.5metres in height.

Propagation is via soft-stem cuttings in late May and, although the flowering period lasts barely three weeks, it is easily sweetest in the viburnum clan.




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