Looking good in the garden this month

There’s plenty of interest in the garden now and here’s a selection of a few plants in flower and looking great at the moment.

Camellia sasanqua 'Paradise pearl'Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Pearl’
I spotted this beauty whilst enjoying a visit to Nymans gardens recently. It starts off with soft pink buds that then open to masses of pure white semi double to double flowers with yellow stamens. If you have slightly acidic soil, this is the plant for you.

 

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
This deciduous shrub has oval, mid-green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it’s really grown for the brilliant, flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves, which turn orange-yellow in autumn, fall. It’s best in full sun, and works particularly well with red or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood. The upright stems need to be cut back hard in early spring to promote long shoot extensions.

Cyclamen Flowers

Cyclamen
This delightful perennial provides colour often when little else is flowering, particularly in late winter or early spring. They are ideal for naturalising under trees, on banks or in a shady border. They make ideal companions for hellebores, snowdrops and other spring flowering bulbs. All have exquisite flowers and often have quite distinct fragrances, but even when not in flower, the foliage of many of these cyclamen species is outstanding.

Jasminum nudiflorumJasminum nudiflorum
Is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with long, arching branches which is widely grown as a wall shrub and does need to be tied in to it’s framework. It bears cheerful yellow flowers on bare stems in winter and early spring which really brighten up a dark, winter day.

 

Phlomis russeliana frosted seed heads

Phlomis russeliana
During the summer months It has whorls of hooded, pale yellow flowers which appear at intervals on tall, erect stems. As you can see, it’s also worth leaving the flowers on during winter as they provide structure and look great with a dusting of frost.

 

Pyracantha ‘Soleil D’or’Pyracantha ‘Soleil D’or’
This a tough, hardy evergreen shrub, bearing a profusion of brightly coloured berries at this time of year. During summer, plants produce white blooms which are followed by displays of bright yellow berries, providing food for birds throughout the winter. It is tolerant of a wide range of demanding conditions, including shaded and exposed positions. It grows into a dense thorny evergreen hedge and is perfect for covering boundaries as well as training against a wall.

Sarcococca confusa shrub

 Sarcococca confusa
Is a bushy evergreen shrub with sweetly scented, pure white flowers from December to March which are then followed by glossy black berries. It is a perfect shrub for a shady border or woodland garden. To fully appreciate the fabulous, vanilla-like fragrance plant in a moist, well-drained soil close to an entrance or path. I also take cuttings from it whilst in flower to bring into the house where the fragrance is capable of filling a room.

Sedum flower imageSedums
Succulent leaves, topped with salmon-pink flower-heads in summer, maturing to pinkish-bronze then coppery-red in autumn. This versatile perennial is a perfect filler plant for a sunny, well-drained spot. A valuable late source of nectar for butterflies and bees, the dried flower heads provide structure and colour in the winter garden.

 

Viburnum x bodnantenseViburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’
This is a fantastic winter-flowering shrub, perfect to place by a pathway in which to enjoy its sweetly scented blooms. You’ll find dense clusters of fragrant, dark pink flowers on bare stems from around November until March.