Don't miss out on the early flowers
Mahonia xmedia Winter Sun' and 'Charity' both huge mahonias which provide a really dramatic display. The blazing colour is fabulous now. The evergreen leaves are leathery and spiky like holly. Mahonias are really good in shade and growing in some quiet difficult positions where many plants would struggle.
Corylopsis pauciflora buttercup witch hazel
This is just coming out and is in stock on the Nurseries looking goosd bed for the early spring season. It under plants sucessfully with epimedium and tiarella. I also think it looks very pretty to see the golden little flowers growing through the red dog wood, Cornus sibirica. It does lean towards lime free soil.
Hamamelis Witch Hazel
The flower on the traditional witch hazel are so unusual. Its outstanding. We may struggle to grow this Hardy plant round Buckingham as it prefers an lime free soil so perhaps plant it in a pot for early colour and a treat for the bees who will delight in the flowers even more than us.
Viburnum × bodnantense 'Charles Lemont' (below) or 'Dawn'
Viburnum tinus 'Lisa Rose'
I love this new variety. It is atributed as having greater resistance to viburnum beetle and a long flowering period. I've planted it in winter containers and it looks brilliant.
This is the sweet scented Christmas box and its delicious now. Its so unassuming all year and then it blossoms and provides delicious scent at Christmas and through early spring. More on saracocca
Prunus Subhirtella Autumnalis Winter flowering cherry tree
A cherry tree with winter blossom always needs a mention and was in my top 10 choices for Winter Colour last month.
Hybrid Winter Gold Collection Hellebores
These are varieties that are crossed with the Christmas rose helleborus 'Niger' They appear to have more vigour, bolder flower a longer flowering period and are more robust, flowering over the foliage and not in secret! They are much more substantial and establish well. The stronger coloured orientals crosses or Lenten roses will flower more towards late February march allowing you to plant a secession of one of the best early bloomers. More on Christmas roses
Violas and primroses deserve a quick mention. Excellent winter bedding plants for a burst of colour. Easy plants to mix into a border or brightern up a pot.
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