Now, unlike 99.9% of all other gardener’s out there, I currently have the luxury of time to plan my garden. Without beds full of flowers and food to maintain and manage, I am in an unprecedented position of being able to take the time to leaf through catalogues and websites to plan my garden for next Winter to ensure it is not just the 50 shades of brown it is now.
Reading another persons post this morning inspired me to start thinking about how I want my garden to look NEXT winter. Having never had a very colourful winter garden before, I thought it would be nice to incorporate some plants into my new garden to ensure that this time next year, I can enjoy a garden with an array of beautiful colours in it.
Now, I am not made of money and Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the following are definitely some varieties I would like to see in my garden next year:
CERCIS chinensis ‘Avondale’
Rich purple-pink flowers on bare stems in late April – May before the leaves emerge. Large heart shaped leaves turn vivid yellow in Autumn. Height: 4m
Introduced from China, the fragrant flowers are produced on leafless branches in Winter. Height 2-2.5m
CORNUS (DOGWOOD) alba ‘sibirica’
White flowers in July, bright red stems in Winter. Height 2-3m
CORNUS (DOGWOOD) sericea ‘Flaviramea’
Vivid yellow stems in Winter. Green leaves turning purple in Autumn. Height 2m
CORNUS (DOGWOOD) ‘Midwinter Beauty’
The orange barked Dogwood. Vivid orange stems in Winter. Height2m
A beautiful late winter flowering shrub that is closely related to Daphne. Height 2m.
Produces creamy white bells, brilliant Autumn colouring.
Erica – Winter Flowering
A mix of ‘Darley Dale’ (Lilac), ‘J.W Porter’ (Pink), ‘Kramer’s Rote’ (Red), ‘White Perfection’ (White).
FORSYTHIA ‘Mini Gold’
A compact, dwarf variety. Bright yellow flowers in early Spring. Height 1.2-1.5m
HAMAMELIS (WITCH HAZEL) ‘intermedia Jelena’, ‘intermedia magic fire’ and ‘mollis’
Growing to 3m, these 3 varieties of Witch Hazel come in scented coppery-orange, fragrant deep orange / red and bright yellow.
If I am lucky enough to get all of these plants in my garden for next Winter, I will certainly be enjoying the view a lot more 🙂