Many of the Viburnums provide valuable winter interest, including this one tucked at the back of the Winter Garden.
Bringing both colour and scent to the garden, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Charles Lamont’ is a welcome winter plant. The selection is named in honour of Charles Lamont (Assistant Curator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh), who crossed the hybrids V. farreri and V. grandiflorum in 1933. In 1935 the same cross was made at Bodnant Garden in Wales, and produced the more widely grown V. x bodnantense ‘Dawn’. V. x bodnantense ‘Charles Lamont’ is typical of the hybrid, bearing clusters of almond-scented flowers on erect, bare stems in winter, though in this selection the flowers are a brighter pink.