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.

Daphne bholua'Jacqueline Postill'Daphne bholua’Jacqueline Postill’
‘Jacqueline Postill’ has clusters of small, highly fragrant purplish-pink and white flowers held in clusters in January and February followed by rounded, purple-black berries. Place it next to a path where its fragrance can be appreciated as the fragrance produced is really uplifting as if wafts through the winter garden


Cyclamen Flowers

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 on 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.

Erigeron karvinskianusErigeron karvinskianus
This is a low growing perennial which has masses of small daisies with yellow centres that emerge white then turn pink, giving this plant an unusual two-tone effect. It will flower throughout the summer and quickly spread throughout the border, often self-seeding readily. It is extremely versatile, being happy both in sun or partial shade. It has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Gingko biloba leafGinkgo biloba
More commonly known as the Maidenhair tree, its name is derived from the leaf shape, which resemble a similar shape to that of the Maidenhair Fern. Bright green leaves appear in spring and at this time of the year, the leaves turn a gorgeous butter yellow colour.


Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' flower

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’
This shrub has highly fragrant sulphur-yellow flowers on its bare stems from January to February. These are then followed by large, green foliage that turns yellow and orange in autumn, before falling to reveal its arching and spreading form.


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 into its 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 headsPhlomis russeliana
This has finished flowering in my garden. I leave the seed heads on as, during the winter months, they continue to provide structure and look great with a dusting of frost. When in flower It has whorls of hooded, pale yellow flowers which appear at intervals on tall, erect stems.


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.

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.