The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 4 Between spring and summer

Guelder Rose

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Every one knows the Guelder Rose, with its round white flower-balls, but the wild shrub of which this is a garden variety is also a valuable ornamental bush and should not be neglected. It is a native plant, growing in damp places, such as the hedges of water-meadows and the sides of streams. The English name is Water Elder. Its merit as a garden shrub does not lie, as in the Guelder Rose, in its bloom, but in its singularly beautiful fruit. This, in autumn, lights up the whole shrub with a ruddy radiance. Grown on drier ground than that of its natural habitat, it takes a closer, more compact form. [Editor�s note: the cultivated Guelder Rose, or Snowball Tree is Viburnum opulus Sterile. The wild Guelder Rose, which Jekyll calls the Water Elder, is Viburnum opulus].