The Growers Choice - Plants with winter interest

The Growers Choice - Plants with winter interest

There's plenty of interest to be had from plants during the winter months whether that be the scent of Sarcococca or the flowers of Helleborus plants, check out some of our favourites below

Cornus varieties such as 'Midwinter Fire', and 'Sibrica' 

Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

🌞 Position: Full sun - partial shade

🌸 Flowers: May - June

📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

Soil: moderately fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L ( subject to availability and the variety)

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Sarcococca varieties such as 'Confusa' and hookeriana 'Winter Gem'

Highly scented white flowers sit above large glossy, rich green leaves come late winter - early spring. It is a great addition to a shady border or a shaded patio spot where you can smell it every day.

🌸 Flowers: Late winter-early spring

🌞Position: Partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 0.5m

Soil:fertile, well-drained, moist soil

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Hellebore varieties

Hellebores are compact, clump-forming perennials with dark green, leathery leaves and stunning flowers.

A tremendous shade-loving border plant that will brighten up your garden when little else is flowering from December – March.

🌸 Flowers: December - March (depending on the variety)

🌞Position: Partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 45cn (depending on the variety)

Soil: Heavy, neutral to alkaline soil

It would help if you planted in partial to full shade for best results and cut back old leaves in January – February to show off new flowers.

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Mahonia varieties such as 'Charity' and 'Winter Sun'

Are the perfect addition to a shaded spot in your garden as they prefer full - partial shade with spikes of yellow flowers from November through to March that has a fragrant reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley on dark green holly-like leaves. Prune in spring after flowering.

🌸Flowers:  November - March (depending on variety)

🌞 Position: Full sun - partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist-well-drained, fertile, humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Skimmia varieties such as 'Rubella' and 'Kew Green'

Are you in need of some autumn/winter colour? Skimmia Rubella are known for their dark red flower buds that are produced in autumn and last through to winter until the flowers open in spring — an excellent plant for a patio pot or border.

🌸Flowers:  April - May (depending on variety) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

🌞 Position: Partial - full shade

📏 Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Viburnum varieties 

Evergreen Viburnums such as tinus are a great shrub for winter interest with dark green leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers from December to April.

A great low maintenance easy to grow shrub that can brighten a part shaded area of the garden when little else is flowering.

🌸Flowers:  December - April

🌞 Position: Full sun or partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Hamamelis varieties 

Hamamelis plants are covered in branches of distinctive, spider-like, fragrant flowers in red, yellow, and orange shades from January to early spring.

Whilst slow growing this plant variety can become a large spreading shrub or small tree. A fantastic specimen plant that will make a great addition to the middle or back of a border.

Plant in well-drained, neutral acid soil in full sun to partial shade for best results.

🌸Flowers: January – February

☀️ Position: Full sun – Partial shade

 Pot size: 5L, 10L, 20L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Jasminum nudiflorum

A deciduous climber with bright yellow flowers that appear on bare stems in winter and early spring helping to brighten up a dark winter’s day. This attractive climber will grow well against a trellis or low wall once trained as it is not self-clinging.

🌸Flowers: January – March

☀️ Position: Full sun – partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

 Pot size:  2LD, 3LD  ( subject to availability)

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Posted 24th Nov 5:21pm

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