We like to bring our customers plants that we call 'good doers', and this lovely viburnum certainly is that – combining four distinct periods of garden interest in one easy-to-grow, hardy shrub. It looks lovely as a specimen plant in a mixed border or a grassy area.
Awarded the Best New Plant at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015, 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise' erupts into flower, with tiered layers of white lacecap blooms in April and May – giving rise to its occasionally used common name of the Wedding Cake Tree. These pretty white flowers age to a lovely blush pink, often with many overlapping tones on the plant at once.
This is followed in summer by bright red berries, which help feed the birds and other wildlife, before it surprises you again with a smaller autumn reflowering. Then, in a final blaze of glory, its leaves turn a bright red-purple in autumn before falling as it hibernates in preparation for another year of garden thrills.
Supplied as an established, well-branched plant in a 3-litre pot, Viburnum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise' will grow to a compact 2.5m (8ft) tall and 1.5m (5ft) wide after 7-10 years.