Can anyone recommend an easy to grow, low maintenance evergreen shrub for a half barrel container, ideally that attracts bees, etc?
Viburnum genus. These are deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen shrubs and trees, consisting of about 150 species. They are known for their showy flowers and colourful berries which are most prolific when several plants of different colours are planted together.
Deciduous, Semi-evergreens or Evergreens, Fragrants
S America, S.E.Asia
Grown for their foliage, autumn colour (in many deciduous species), flowers and, often fruits. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects. Suitable for coastal conditions.
They are fully to frost hardy and will grow in sun or semi-shade in deep, fertile not too dry soil. To thin out overgrown plants cut out some older shoots after flowering.
Propagate by simple layering in the autumn, by cuttings (softwood for deciduous species, semi-ripe for evergreens) in summer, hardwood cuttings in the winter or by seed in autumn.
All are prone to honey fungus and leaf spot. Aphids and viburnum beetles may be a problem.
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