A Welcome Snowball Effect


Snowballs in April are a good thing if you’re talking flowers!


Our Chinese Snowball Viburnum is blooming, covered in fluffy white flowers. We planted our shrub about 3 years ago but this is the first year it’s been covered in welcome snowballs.


The hydrangea-like blooms start out as green, changing over to cream and then white. It’s also ideal to enjoy as a cut flower.


 I’ve been biding my time, waiting not so patiently to plant annuals and pots until after our frost date.


 I cut some snowball blooms to fill watering cans and enjoy the blooms around my Potting Shed.


Enjoying the snowball effect of the large white flower heads.


And added some additional white blooms of dogwood and flowering privet to sprinkle in watering cans.


I hung a watering can on the door in greeting.



And added some dogwood blooms to stand in for the missing watering can rose.






Chinese Snowball is hardy in zones 6 – 9, low maintenance, fast growing, and ideal for enjoying a spring snowball effect!  You can read more about Chinese Snowball Viburnum, here.


Hope you’re enjoying spring blooms where you are!

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  47 comments for “A Welcome Snowball Effect

  1. April 15, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Gorgeous! From just the title I was trying to figure out where this April post might lead, I pictured those Hostess Sno-ball Cakes… Imagine that, my mind went right to food:@) I’ll bet they smell amazing too Mary-enjoy!
    PS-Lovin’ your cute little welcome planter too!

  2. Sue
    April 15, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Oh Mary, we just had more snow fall. Like your take on Snowballs so much better! Such beautiful pictures…your bevel glass window picture is stunning! Thank you for your post and the smiles it brings.

  3. April 15, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I can’t wait for more blooms here in the mid-Atlantic…everything looks beautiful

  4. Cheryl Burgess
    April 15, 2015 at 6:30 am

    So beautiful. My elderly neighbor had a Koren spice viburnum bush. The smell every Spring was like a whiff of heaven, with every breeze. Thank you for the reminder!

  5. April 15, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Oh Mary!! I’m speechless! I can’t believe how many blossoms you have already! It is gorgeous and I think you will love all the cut flowers and they may dry well too. No blossoms here yet of any kind, not even the azaleas or daffodils which I see in your border. What a great place to sit in your fabulous chairs. Can’t wait for Spring, especially when I see your lovely flowers. Linda

  6. Carol Jones
    April 15, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I live about an hour NE of you. My snowball bush should look like your’s in about a week. Can’t wait!! Thanks for sharing yours with us and it really is a great hardy bush to grow. ♥

  7. April 15, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Mary, we planted a snowball bush last fall but I had forgotten which variety that I had. After seeing your photos, I’m sure it’s the Chinese variety. We moved it to a better spot early this spring, and now it’s covered with blossoms. I loved seeing the size of your 3 year old bush and am happy to know that they make a great cut flower.

  8. Kim
    April 15, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I love the snowball bushes around here and need to plant some so I can enjoy my own. Yours is beautiful.

  9. April 15, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Just beautiful! A real sign of Spring! 🌷🌞🌴

  10. April 15, 2015 at 7:48 am

    So lovely! I haven’t considered a Snowball plant before, but with my record on hydrangeas, I believe I’ll make a trip to the nursery today! You are consistently one of my top favorite bloggers! Even if I couldn’t read (thank goodness that I can) the pictures make me swoon! Thanks for a wonderful treat that I so look forward to each and every time you post! Lisa

  11. Ellen Stillabower
    April 15, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I love snowballs!! They always remind me of my childhood, May crownings at church & spring..they along with, what we called “flags”, which years later I learned were actually Iris, always surrounded the altar of the Blessed Mother, for our May crowning ceremony. Thanks for reminding me of a very happy time.😍🌳💐👑❤️

  12. kate
    April 15, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Hi Mary, Once again, I’m smiling with a Hot Coffee and Your Beautiful Post. Love to start the Day this way! I’m inspired to start raking and sprucing-up. Grass is usually green by Marathon Monday, here outside of Boston. Finally it’s Spring !! Luv Kate

  13. April 15, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Just beautiful! I have Bridal Wreath shrubs; they have little snowballs – love them but I may have to get one of these beauties!
    We’re in full bloom now with lovely weather. Won’t be long and it will be hot but that’s ok!

  14. April 15, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Pretty! You’re about a month ahead of our growing calendar, Mary. My neighbor has a Chinese viburnum that’s very mature, about 15 yrs old, and it’s always fun to see those snowballs (NOT the other kind!).

  15. April 15, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I love these snowballs too Mary! My favorite spring flower, but I haven’t tried using them as cut flowers~ We have a bush that is 5 years old and bloomed like mad for 1 year then several years nothing and this year it’s covered! I can’t figure it out, so I will pop over to the site thru your link, thank you! Meanwhile, I’m going to gather a vase full! They look wonderful spilling out of your shed flower boxes~

  16. April 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

    What pretty, welcoming snowballs for April, Mary! Those are the kind that everyone loves and you’ve displayed them so prettily. I love your front door watering can filled with branches of dogwood. Enjoy your Spring day!

  17. Annie
    April 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Oh my goodness those blooms are perfection unlimited! Beautiful…xoxo, A

  18. Marilyn (in Ohio)
    April 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

    So beautiful! Although I don’t have a space like yours, you are giving me ideas. :)

  19. Sherlie Magaret
    April 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

    The flowers are beautiful, such a wonderful spring time treat.

  20. Debbie
    April 15, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Your bush is lovely.

  21. Darlene
    April 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Snowball bushes are so pretty, and that is the only kind of snowball I need to see for a long time! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your landscape.

  22. melissa smith
    April 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Just Beautiful! !!

  23. Tammy Coulbourne
    April 15, 2015 at 11:57 am


  24. Melodie Strickland
    April 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm


    I’ve never seen a Chinese Snowball bush before. Your arrangement is beautiful. Last year our hydrangea bush never bloomed so hopefully it will this year. Our peony bushes are sprouting up through the soil. I love it when our peony bushes are full of blossoms as they are so fragrant.


  25. April 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Beautiful! I’ve never seen them here, so not sure if they will row in our area.

  26. April 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Grow, not row! ;-)

  27. April 15, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    you have turned your lakeside into a gardeners paradise! i am so happy you moved to the lake, that we get to reap all the hard work you have put back into the earth! these are my favorite type of posts, the ones that make my cheeks hurt from smiling! love love love the details, the pics, the feel of the garden!

  28. April 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Beautiful, Mary! So close to the look of the hydrangea! We have nary a bloom here on anything! Even the forsthia are very late. Enjoy your gorgeous surroundings!

  29. Sue
    April 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Snowballs, Tulip Trees, and Forsythia….nothing more beautiful than the South in springtime!

  30. April 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    What beautiful blooms, each and everyone is heavenly!!

  31. Linda
    April 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    My grandmother had a huge snowball bush in her yard (well, it looked huge when I was 6 years old). It was so full of blooms, I can still remember it some 62 years later.

  32. JP
    April 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Oh, WOW those kind of snowballs! What early bloomers, lucky you to now have them to dry!

  33. April 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I was just telling my hubby that I need to go to the farmer’s market to get a snowball viburnum….I love these..they are spectacular when in full bloom….love what you did with them and the dogwoods in the wonderful watering cans….I love the iron window box….Been looking iron scrolled window boxes for my house…may I ask where you purchased yours?

  34. Carolyn
    April 15, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Mary, If you bury a snowball still attached to your bush, it will root and you will have another bush. We have done that so I know it works.

  35. April 15, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    This fills my heart with snowy joy! I miss our snowball bush! It was glorious. I hope the new one we have here will produce SOME blooms! The flowers in the watering cans are fabulous!

  36. Pam
    April 16, 2015 at 10:57 am

    BEAUTIFUL…..I love it.

  37. April 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Oh, Mary…that is a beautiful bush…so much like my favorite hydrangea. I bought what was labeled as a viburnum macrocephalum several years ago…it definitely is a viburnum prunifolium…what a big disappointment!

  38. judith
    April 18, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Your photos are the best ever! Wish I had enough sun to grow this plant…..sooooo beautiful.

  39. franki
    April 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    You’re as busy as the bees!! franki

  40. April 22, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Love the snowballs and your shed is adorable! Thank you for joining HSH!

  41. June 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Snowball viburnum is one of my favorites. Our neighbors have several huge trees (they are much larger than bushes!). Always love seeing your precious shed, Mary. Sorry I haven’t been around much, but I homeschooled my daughter this year, and I took a break from blogging.

  42. Sophia Ho
    October 10, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    I visited this site by searching information about my viburnum tree and found I am so lucky. This is such a beautiful website and adorable work. Thank you for sharing all of these. Such a inspiration.

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