Sarcococca confusa

Sarcococca confusaI shall begin talking about this plant by dwelling firstly on its scent because it has the most heady sweet scent you could possibly ever wish to come across in a winter garden, well ok, besides Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ which is exquisite.. more on that plant in next week’s Blog. This is a wonderful evergreen plant for winter presence with its pretty white flowers, sweet perfume and dense dark evergreen foliage, this plant has much to offer the garden during the winter months.

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Cotoneaster x watereri

Cotoneaster x watereriThis is a wonderfully dense and eye catching large shrub / tree with long arching branches of matt mid-green leaves with white flowers and masses of red berries throughout Autumn and Winter. When I drive past a particulary eye catching roundabout close to where I live, I am always struck by the presence of the colour red against the mid-green flora and grey tinted winter sky. The roundabout has been cut to resemble a tiered cake or a hat box, well to my eye, but even though the plants are so uniformly clipped the berries sing out against their proximity and provide such triumphant colour to me and I hope to everyone who observes them. Continue reading

Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

Symphoricarpos albusI have been aware of this deciduous shrub for a couple of years now, but have only recently identified it. I give thanks to ‘Colour in the winter garden’ by Graham Stuart Thomas, who has included this plant in his wonderful book, first published in the UK in 1957. It truly is a great resource and I recommend it to everyone, especially those who believe winter time to be bleak and without colour or seasonal interest. Continue reading

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

Cornus alba 'sibirica'This plant really comes into its own this time of year as do the other Dogwoods with their resplendent and vibrant stems from yellow / orange to vivid red of the brightest hues. You may well have seen them along roadsides where they are often planted in drifts and adorn otherwise grey roadside backdrops. With winter sun pouring through their stems they truly are beautiful and bring so much welcome colour and illumination into the garden and community spaces this time of year.
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