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.
Bearing cheerful, daisy-like flowers in a range of colours including shades of blue, purple, pink and white in March and April. It’s great for naturalising under trees and shrubs.
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.
A little ray of sunshine on a late winters day. These low growing compact plants can be used to bring dashes of colour to the edge of sunny borders, rock gardens and containers. They also naturalise well in grass or amongst other low growing plants.
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.
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
Euphorbia characias subsp.
This handsome Euphorbia has large, dome-shaped, chartreuse-green flowers which are produced on towering spikes high above the foliage from March to May. It will bring structure and an architectural quality to any garden.
This is a deciduous spring flowering shrub that produces a mass of large, single, buttercup-like golden yellow flowers on graceful arching stems in March and April. It’s a perfect plant for brightening a dark corner or woodland edge. There is also a double-flowered variety – Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’.
Magnolia x soulangeana
If you are looking for an ornamental tree that will tolerate wet, soggy soil, you need to look no further than a magnolia. They prefer a moist, slightly acidic soil that has been improved with compost or leaf mold as this will get the tree off to a good start.
The flowers on Magnolia stellata are lightly scented and open around March/April time before the leaves appear. It’s one of the best magnolias for a small garden.
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.
Prunus ‘Matsumae amayadori’
Perhaps better known as the Japenese flowering Cherry. Its name, literally, means ‘Matsumae-big-wave’ for its big white flowers with waving petals. It is an eye-catching, small, upright tree with clusters of white flowers which makes a fantastic feature tree with plenty of spring interest.
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.