When considering what to plant in a winter garden, often the emphasis is on attractive, evergreen foliage, interesting bark or beautiful winter blossoms. There’s no denying that all of this works wonderfully to create a stunning winter display, however we’ve decided to focus on something a little bit different; Hamamelis Intermedia Arnold’s Promise More commonly known as Yellow Witch Hazel, this interesting plant releases a delicate, sweet fragrance that hangs in the crisp winter air, providing a sensory treat when the rest of the garden can start to appear bare.... Read More
Autumn is the beginning of the warmest season in terms of the colours that flood the foliage of your trees and shrubs, giving a vibrant burst of life as the sunny summer days start to fade. This post provides a spotlight on a variety of different trees, each offering its own unique contribution to the autumn colour scheme. Cercidiphyllum Japonicum (Katsura Tree) The Katsura is a medium sized tree with heart-shaped leaves that display a variety of reddish-green tones in the spring/summer months, developing into enchanting burnt yellow-orange and... Read More
With the blossoming of so many bright, new flowers in the spring and the rich, warm colours that autumn brings, summer is often overlooked as a season perfect for a colourful garden. Wandering round the nursery today, the cream splashed foliage of the Populus Candicans Aurora tree stands out against the rest of the greens and brings with it a splash of colour now that the spring flowers have started to disappear. It is not only the colourful leaves that catch your eye but their heart-shape and the fresh... Read More
Now is the time that the winter flowering shrub Hamamelis unfurl their ribbon like petals. These Witch Hazel shrubs boast a choice of red, orange and yellow scented flowers all of which are vibrant and fiery. Hamamelis are of great value to wildlife and with their glossy green spring/summer foliage and vivid autumn colour they make a big statement year round. Take a look below at some of my personal favorite Witch Hazel varieties. Click a photograph for further information.
Often we choose trees and shrubs for our gardens that are aesthetically pleasing; sumptuous foliage, rich flowers and striking architectural forms but we mustn’t over look the importance of fragrance. From shrubs that dizzy the senses with the aroma of their blooms to trees with autumn foliage that smells good enough to eat here are my top picks for fragrance. Chimonanthus praecox – Wintersweet Fragrant: December January February A lovely medium sized bushy shrub for winter interest, wintersweet bares deliciously scented custard yellow flowers with blackberry-purple stained centres. Davidia involucrate... Read More