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Don't let the colour in your garden fade and disappear with the daylight hours, these plants will bring interest, colour and cheer during the long grey days of Winter too.
The nice thing about plants for winter colour is that many are scented.
So Don't forget the planting plan to bring colour and texture into your garden.
These plants will bring interest and colour to any garden during the long grey days of Winter.
Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic'. In winter its curly branches are covered with pink catkins, followed by purple leaves in spring and red nuts in summer. Height and spread 2.5m x 2.5m
Algerian iris, Iris unguicularis has beautiful lavender-blue blooms, which make good cut flowers . Height and spread 30cm x 80cm
Christmas rose, Helleborus niger has white saucer flowers, which flush pink as they age Height and spread 30cm x 45cm.
Abeliophyllum distichum– fragrant white flowers in February. Height 2m (6½ft)
Japanese wineberry, Ubus phoenicolasius it's related to the raspberry and in winter, the bristly rust-red stems really stand out. Height and spread 2m x 1m
White forsythia, beliophyllum distichum is the most elegant of winter plants with white, scented stars on bare branches between January and March. Height and spread 1.5m x 1.5m.
Daphne mezereum– purple-red flowers in February–April. Good in chalky soil. Height 1.5m (5ft)
Hamamelis × intermedia – several cultivars; fragrant yellow or orange flowers between December and March. Height 1.8–3m (6–10ft).
Winter honeysuckle Lonicera x purpusii 'Winter Beauty' Yes it's a shrub, not a climber with white flowers in December and honey perfume until March. Height and spread 2m x 2m.
Arbutus unedo AGM – white or tinged pink flowers between October and December. Height 4.5-6m (15-20ft)
Elaeagnus pungens'Maculata' (v) AGM – small, silvery white flowers between October and January. Height 4.5m (8-15ft)
Mahonia × media 'Charity' AGM – yellow spikes of flowers in November and December. Height 3-4.5m (10-15ft)
Christmas camellia Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide' flowers on Christmas Day, it's festive scarlet and gold coloured flowers are scented Height and spread 2m x 1.5m
Clematis cirrhosa– cream flowers from November to March. Height 4m (13ft)
Clematis cirrhosa var. balearicaAGM – cream spotted red/maroon flowers from November to March. Height 4m (13ft)
Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' AGM – cream flecked maroon/violet flowers from November to March. Height 4m (13ft)
Bergenia – several species/cultivars with pink or white flowers from January to April. Height: 20-40cm (8-15in)
Helleborus nigerAGM – white flowers from December to March. Height 30-45cm (1ft-18in)
Iris unguicularis AGM – lilac flowers from October to March. Height 22cm (9in)
Eranthis hyemalisAGM – yellow flowers from January to March. Height 15cm (6in)
Galanthus nivalisAGM – white flowers from January to February. Height 7–10cm (3–4in
Squill 'Tubergenian, Scilla mischtschenkoana 'Tubergeniana' Has dainty ice-blue flowers between January and March. Height and spread 15cm x 5cm)
Scilla mischtschenkoana ‘Tubergeniana’ (syn. S. tubergeniana) AGM – pale blue flowers in February. Height: 10–15cm (4–6in)
Plants for late summer
Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum' yellow flowers late August to September .In groups will produce an excellent show in the first season. need to be staked or supported by other plants. Japanese Anemone - Easy to grow under trees or larger spring flowering shrubs. flowers are produced on long stems making it possible to flower above existing plants in a border. Cosmos - annual, will produce an excellent late summer display, produces quick results and colour in the first year.
Plants for Winter Prunus Autumnalis Rosea - small flowering cherry tree with small highly scented flowers. Helleborus Niger - The Christmas rose, as Christmas arrives the display of waxy winter flowers does too. Grows best in semi shade in a sheltered spot near to your house.
shrubs Camellias Rhododendron species Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'Jasminum nudiflorum Ericas
Cornus officinalis Daphne laureola Subsp. philippi Parrotia persica Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' Image: Derek St Romaine
The majority of winter plants can be bought container grown and planted at any time of the year. But from November try to get bare rooted and root wrapped plants. These are much cheaper so save money.It is possible to plant at any time during the winter providing the soil isn't frozen solid or waterlogged. Prepare light sandy and heavy clay soils with bulky organic matter - well-rotted manure, compost, leaf-mould, composted bark.On clay soils improve the drainage by digging in plenty of sharp sand or grit.
hanging baskets / shade / herbaceous borders / clay / windowboxes / pathways / Winter colour / dry / sandy soil / chalky soil / slopes / bog gardens / carnvourouse / ground cover / Low maintenance plants