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Colouring up the winter ...


By hywel


I’ve haven’t got much ‘winter interest’ in my garden so I thought I’d remedy that by getting some winter flowering shrubs. They’ll go nicely in some empty spaces.

I’ve sent for Mahonia ‘Sweet Winter’ which only grows to a meter in height, so suitable for my garden.
It has soft leaves, and fragrant flowers from November until March, so looking forward to seeing it next year :)

And also I’ve sent for Viburnum farreri ‘December Dwarf’ which is like Bodnantense but smaller, ultimate height about 1.5 metres so will fit nicely in my garden.

While I was at it I also ordered some Penstemons, some hardy Geraniums, and a Hepatica.
Not winter interest I know, but I ordered them anyway :D

A few weeks ago I bought a Clematis cirrhosa for winter flowers, and it’s waiting for me to get a big tub to plant it in.

Next winter should be more interesting here :)

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Good forward planning there, Hywel. I look forward to your photos this time next year!

16 Jan, 2024


lovely choices there Hywel.
look forward to seeing them in flower.

16 Jan, 2024


Agree with Ange and Eileen. Lovely to be doing some ordering … I’d like to do the same, but there’s no room to look after plants before the time for planting 🙂.

16 Jan, 2024


Great idea, Hywel! I don't have room on the balcony for shrubs but your choice of them for winter colour is great!

Not the same one as yours, Hywel, but there are a number of great Mahonias around here that are flowering right now. I don't know if they are scented - I've never put my nose up close to them! 😆

In the gardens of the church here there are several plants of them that were probably planted not long after the church was built - getting on for 60 years now! And at the new community centre which opened a year or two ago nearby they have some very nice plants of Mahonia or "Oregon Grape" as they are also called.

16 Jan, 2024


Thanks Hywel. I bought a load of bulbs 3 months ago, look forward to their arrival . Also look forward to the milder weather forecasted weekend :))

16 Jan, 2024


Thanks for all your comments :)

17 Jan, 2024


I used to have the Viburnham B.D at Willow Cottage and thinking about getting another as I have one big tub with a dead shrub in it due to it getting so water logged and will go in there.
I also like the idea of the dwarf one too.
It is great to plan and buy now to give us something to look forward to.

17 Jan, 2024


Hywel I bet you really enjoyed ordering those lovely new plants. I think a winter clematis and a winter honeysuckle would be welcomed here.
It does give me a lot of pleasure to see the bulbs peeping through the soil.
Good luck with all your new purchases and please show them to us one day.

17 Jan, 2024


Thank you all :)

18 Jan, 2024


Hywel next winter should be lovely in your garden, I have a Mahonia Japonica flowering at the moment yellow flowers and smelling wonderful when the sun is on it .

19 Jan, 2024


Thank you Kidsgran :)

20 Jan, 2024

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