Plants For Winter Colour.
During the Winter season can be a challenging time for plants. Gardeners can have a tough job maintaining the color and blooms of the Spring and Summer.However there are still plants that gardeners can use that can be seen as reliable for providing winter colour in the garden.Here are a few tips on varieties that can be used during winter.
Prunus Autumnalis Rosea – A small winter flowering cherry tree. Flowers with small, highly scented flowers well before the buds break. An ideal tree for the small garden.
Helleborus Niger – The Christmas rose, seems unremarkable even boring during the Summer months. However, as Christmas arrives the display of waxy flowers and is nothing short of spectacular. When planting incorporate some peat into the soil. Grows best in semi shade in a sheltered spot near to your house.
Hamamelis Mollis – The Chinese Witch Hazels are reliable and colourful winter flowering shrubs,very robust and hardy,thriving in sun or shade but preferring some shelter from strong cold winds during the flowering season. The blooms,spidery and arising directly from the shoots and branches, are sweetly fragrant and conspicuous.The basic species is a good choice for larger gardens,while varieties often have more colourful flowers.Varieties are usually grafted on H. virginiana and should be planted with the graft union above soil level
Jasminum Nudiflorum – A popular and reliable shrub, introduced from China in 1844, and widely grown as a climber,with the long flexible stems trained on or over horizontal wires and trellis.It is equally attractive if allowed to scramble freely over a low wall or down a bank, and can also be trained on a pole or pillar as a weeping shrub.The stems are bright green and give an evergreen impression,even in winter when the tiny bright yellow blooms appear,weatherproof in all but the coldest snaps.Regular pruning keeps bushes under control and prevents bare dead patches from appearing.
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