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Leonie Cornelius' January planting plan

Leonie Cornelius' January planting plan

Leonie Cornelius with Viburnum davidii

Leonie Cornelius with Viburnum davidii

Chupi - Golden Acorn Pendant

Chupi - Golden Acorn Pendant

Viburnum davidii

Viburnum davidii

Viburnum davidii

Viburnum davidii

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Leonie Cornelius' January planting plan

We've reached week three of my January planting plan and things are really starting to take shape. So far we have placed the delicate snowdrops in the foreground of the scheme surrounded by soft moss. Last week we added some architectural interest in the form of Blue Fescue grass. This week we give the scheme some backbone by adding the often under-appreciated shrub Viburnum davidii.

This evergreen shrub is not a fussy plant and is a great visual anchor plant, particularly for perennials and taller shrubs and trees. The role of this plant in the scheme is both to provide some height as well as having berries that will give the garden some winter interest.

I love the berries on this shrub, they are almost turquoise blue in colour and look lovely with the slightly red green on the veined leaf stems and branches.

The shape of the plant is a low dome and the May flowers are lovely flattened heads of white. The leaf shape and veins are also an attractive feature and add to the impact of the shrub in terms of structure in a planting scheme.

Plant choice

Viburnum davidii

Care: This shrub is native to China. It is hardy and grows in both full sun and partial shade. The plant requires very little care but to keep the plant in its neat domelike shape cut back to strong stems.

Note that the lovely berries are only on the cross-pollinated plants, so you would need both a male and a female plant to enjoy the berries. Viburnums are available from all Homeland stores, homeland.ie.

Leonie loves...

Chupi is an Irish designer who makes delicate gold jewellery inspired by the beauty of natural and wild things. Beautiful leaf shaped pendants, hawthorn twig bracelets and hawthorn flower earrings are among the designs on her website. My favourite is this beautiful 18ct gold plated Golden Acorn pendant which has been cast from a real acorn.

See the full range at chupi.ie

Irish Independent