This is a favorite flower of Kris Jarantoski, vice president and director of the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Why he loves it: One of the most incredible fragrances in the Garden. About the Viburnum carlesii: It is a compact shrub, with 2- to 3-inch flower clusters, pink in bud and opening to white. What it needs: Even moisture, lots of sun, well-drained soil and even moisture. Best buds: Blue muscari, dark pink tulips and Virginia bluebells. A backdrop of evergreens sets off this plant.
James F. Quinn, Chicago Botanic Garden