With Spring just around the corner, we thought we would put together a list of some of our favourite plants, shrubs and bulbs that will add colour to your garden at this time of year.
One of the most popular in the Narcissus range, the Tête-à-tête’ is a dwarf daffodil, growing to around 20cm tall. These delightful flowers will start to appear early in Spring with their pale yellow petals and bright yellow trumpets. They will grow happily in full sun or part shade in a moist but well drained soil. Grow in pots or in the ground for a wonderful early Spring display. Deadhead when the flowers fade but leave the foliage to die down naturally.
Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ (witch hazel ‘Arnold Promise’)
We absolutely love Arnold Promise! A deciduous shrub which boasts sweet smelling yellow ribbon-like flowers in late winter or early spring. A great addition to a mixed border or used as a hedge or screen, this shrub will grow well in an acid to neutral, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. It can grow up to 15ft in the right conditions.
Sarcococca (Sweet Box)
With their creamy-white flowers, sweet vanilla fragrance and leathery leaves, Sarcococca is a fantastic winter-flowering shrub to add to your garden. The flowers are replaced with red, purple or black berries which can continue until the following winter. They are easy to grow and enjoy part to full shade with a moderately fertile, moist but well-drained humus-rich soil. Prune in Spring after flowering. Great for beds and border or as groundcover.
Kalmia Latifolia (mountain laurel)
A dense, bushy evergreen shrub with glossy dark leaves. Deep pink, crinkled buds appear in late spring to early summer and open to produce large clusters of bright pale pink flowers which last for several weeks. Best grown in moist but well-drained acidic soil in partial shade and it will benefit from a mulch in spring. Flower clusters can be removed once they have bloomed. Be aware that all parts of this plant are toxic if eaten!
Edgeworthia chrysantha (paperbush)
A wonderful deciduous or evergreen slow growing shrub which produces numerous fragrant yellow flowers, opening from hairy buds in late winter, early Spring, before the narrow oval leave appear. This shrub prefers a sheltered position in full sun or light dappled shade in well drained, humus-rich loamy soil. Great for beds and borders.
Cyclamen Coum (round-leaved cyclamen)
What better way to add some colour to your garden than to plant some Cyclamen Coum! Only growing to a few inches tall, these tuberous perennials have attractive rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often mottled. Perfect for shade, these Spring flowering plants are completely hardy but they do require a moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Avoid excessive summer moisture and mulch well when leaves wither. They are great for planting under the canopy of deciduous trees and shrubs or in the shade of a garden wall or fence.
Clematis Cirrhosa (evergreen clematis)
Clematis aren’t just a spring/summer plant, you can enjoy them in winter too! An evergreen climber, the Clematis Cirrhosa grows to around 3 metres tall and will flower through the winter months. With their dark green leaves and bell-shaped pale yellow to cream flowers, sometimes spotted red inside, these climbers are fully hardy and they provide essential pollen for bees and butterflies too! They enjoy a warm, sheltered spot to flower well, though it thrives in any fertile, well-drained soil.