Any new plant has got to be the favorite for at least a week, right?
When I stopped by Means just to wander around, Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Pink Beauty’ called out to me from afar. There were lots of shrubs sporting fiery foliage, but the deeply pleated leaves in deep red-to-almost-purple, with lighter undersides, drew me with their comparative subtlety. Seen from any angle, they give me a jolt of happiness.
I’m trying to introduce more color along ‘Delusional Drive’.
Of course this particular moment of glory will be fleeting. I knocked off a quantity of leaves during planting and more will fall of their own accord in the coming days. Here’s what I have to look forward to in other seasons, according to the plant tag. Rounded, deciduous shrub with tiered, horizontal branches. Leaves mature to dark green and change to reddish purple in fall. Large, showy pink flowers in spring. Beautiful in bloom. Deep, infrequent watering. Little to no pruning required. Part sun to shade. Average mature size 6′ x 6′. Cold hardiness to -10?. From the photo on the tag, it looks like the flowers are tubular and dangling, rather that the flat white flower heads of most doublefile Viburnums (no indication if there is a scent).
Who cares, really? This is what I got it for and this is what I will look forward to each Autumn. We need as many reasons as possible to celebrate this season. Spring will take care of itself. Want to see what’s favored in the Danger Garden this week? While you’re there, don’t forget to check the comments for links to other favorites.