The reblooming Viburnum obovatum ‘Raulston Hardy’ was introduced by the JC Raulston Arboretum for its tight, dwarf habit and hardiness. It grows to about 3′ tall by slightly wider with a fine texture and small, narrow leaves on a very tight bun-shaped plant. The plant covers itself in clusters of white flowers in April but will often begin flowering in fall and continue sporadically until spring. Flowers are followed by red fruits which become black and are highly favored by birds. In mild winters, it will remain mostly evergreen although often taking on purplish tones after frost.
It makes an excellent landscape plant and is especially useful where native North American plants are desired in the landscape. It can be used as a foundation planting instead of dwarf boxwoods or Japanese hollies or clipped into a formal, low hedge. Its small size, tidy habit, tough constitution, and four-season appeal make ‘Raulston Hardy’ one of the best all around native plants for the landscape.
Here is another unusual plant from Countryside Gardens. I’ve had one for 12 years in my home garden. Gardenia jasminoides ‘Variegata’ ‘Variegated’ Gardenia Flower: White single very fragrant flowers in early summer. Some residual flowers until frost. Less flowers on the variegated varieties than the green ones, but the foliage more than makes up for it.
Size: 4-6 feet in height and 3-4 feet in width. Upright compact growth habit.
Foliage: This evergreen flowering shrub has beautiful glossy variegated foliage. Will typically loose some foliage before flowering. Very nice foundation accent plant.
Hardiness Zones: 7-10. Keep away from the winter wind in zone 7. The longer it is in your garden the hardier it becomes.