In the wild, this plant often grows in boggy areas that are constantly moist. In the landscape, however, established plants have proven to be exceptionally drought tolerant. ‘Raulston Hardy’ will flower best in full sun but will grow quite happily in shadier locations. This plant prefers the acidic soils typical of much of the Southeast and in more basic soils, the addition of organic matter will be beneficial. Although it grows naturally in warm areas, it is hardy into cold zone 6 gardens with no problem.
Viburnum obovatum ‘Raulston Hardy’ is an excellent landscape plant and is especially useful where native North American plants are desired in the landscape. It can be used as a foundation planting instead of dwarf boxwoods or Japanese hollies or clipped into a formal, low hedge. This selection can be planted as a specimen or in containers in damp or dry areas and makes an excellent addition to the wildlife garden. Its small size, tidy habit, tough constitution, and four-season appeal make ‘Raulston Hardy’ one of the best all around native plants for the landscape.