Edgeworth's Garden


Maria Edgeworth Centre Garden

Outside the Maria Edgeworth Centre is a grassy area with path and seating and along the walls you can find the Centre Garden. These pages give you details of the plants in that Garden.

Viburnum_Davidii garden plant

Viburnum Davidii

Flattened heads of tubular, white flowers in May, followed (on female plants if there is a male plant nearby) by metallic, turquoise-blue fruit, and distinctively veined, dark green leaves. 

This compact, evergreen shrub is an attractive groundcover plant for the front of a border in sun or partial shade. Forming a low, dome-like shape, it’s an important visual ‘anchor’ for taller perennials and shrubs.

There are more than 150 species of Virburnum. Also known as creeping phlox.

Viburnums are grown for ornamental flowers, fragrance and masses of bright berries that look like Tic Tacs. 

The berries are an important source of winter food for birds and the flowers attract butterflies. 

This shrub was named after the French botanist Pére Armand David. 

The most common medicinal uses for Virburnum is in the treatment of colds, flu and bronchitis. The leaves and bark are cooked into teas that can relieve congestion. The berries should not be eaten by humans.

Virburnum can be propagated by layering branches in autumn or planting cuttings in a cold frame in summer. Prefers well cultivated soil containing plenty of humus, needs full sun.