WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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flowers offset by dark evergreen foliage. There are several other good cultivars available; all have fragrant blooms with a neat, round habit. One of my favorite shrub groups is the Viburnum, and a must-have for its spring scent is one called Korean spice, Viburnum carlesii. As its name suggests, it has a spicy, sweet fragrance and is really quite delicious on the nose. This one evokes a childhood memory of my mother who referred to a Viburnum in our foundation plantings as a "spice bush," when its scent would drift in through the door on a spring day. Eventually I learned its botanical name, and sniffing it today brings back fond memories of that house and my mother. It's readily available, and if space is at a premium in your garden, there is a dwarf form called V. carlesii 'Compactum.' The buds on both are reddish- pink opening to tiny tubular white flowers that sit like mini snowballs scattered over the shrub. Last but not least are lilacs, the lovely icons of late spring that I've covered before (see WellesleyWeston Magazine's spring 2015 issue). There are many to choose from for a fragrant spring grand finale. So sniff around, find what appeals to you, and get something planted for a memorable and scentsational spring! 21 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com.

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