This is an excellent shrub for the small garden, for it grows slowly into a com-pact, round shape not much more than 4 feet (1.2 m) high. It is deciduous, hardy and happy in any soil, with two periods of interest in the course of the year, a long one in spring, and a shorter one in autumn, when theturn red.
Its large, rounded clusters of tinyopen in late spring, but before that there are several weeks when the buds are a deep rosy pink of porcelain beauty. When they open, the are first pale pink, then white, with a strong, sweet scent. The downy leaves are a broad oval shape, and are frankly rather dull. Aurora’ makes a good specimen shrub in a small lawn, but you would need a later-flowering specimen .shrub in another bed, perhaps a , to catch the eye in summer. It also looks well in a sunny border with something blue, like forget-me-nots, at its feet.
carlesii is a parent of a fine hybrid, V. x burkwoodii, which many prefer. It is taller, more open in structure, and evergreen, with bright green, glossy leaves which turn scarlet in autumn; it does well in towns. But V. x burkwoodii is brownish in the bud, and the rosy buds of ‘Aurora’ mean a lot to me. The answer is to find space for both.