I haven’t posted a plant of the month for November or December because, in truth, my garden is looking particularly boring at the moment so I was lacking inspiration.
This made me decide to get some winter colour into my garden. I did some research and have found some great plants which I’d love to share with you.
I have chosen six plants which you should be able to easily find in your local garden centre and that are easy to grow. Most need little attention throughout the year but keep the Dogwoods well pruned to maintain the lovely coloured stems and prune the winter flowering jasmine after flowering to ensure flowers for the following year.
Helleborus orientalis Spotted White – Hellebore – Flowers from February to April
Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn – Rosey pink or blush white sweetly scented blooms from January to March, but in mild winters they bloom from October to March
Amamelis Pallida – Witch Hazel – Clusters of large, sweetly scented, sulphur-yellow flowers from December to late February
Cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire (Winter Beauty) – Dogwood – Clusters of white flowers in June. Leaves turn orange-yellow in autumn before falling to reveal red-tipped, orange or yellow winter stems. Cut the stems down to a couple of inches in March to ensure colourful stems the following winter.
Mahonia x media Winter Sun – Spikes of bright yellow flowers from November to March, above rosettes of large, handsome, dark green, holly-like foliage
Jasminum nudiflorum – Winter Jasmine – Cheerful yellow flowers appear on bare stems in winter and early spring