There’s no need to consign your garden to a drab lifeless winter – there are a variety of plants and shrubs that are ideal for adding colour, new life and vibrancy even in the depths of the season.
Interest in the winter may come from flowers, scent, berries, coloured stems or dramatic evergreen foliage. Plants with fragrance are best appreciated when planted by doorways or entrances in regular winter use, so using containers is a good idea as you can move them around to suit. No winter garden is complete without a couple of containers full of winter pansies and violas, bursting with welcome colour for many months.
Consider herbaceous perennials such as Hellebores (often called the Christmas rose) and there are quite a few types of clematis that flower over winter. For dramatic evergreen foliage, look for mahonias, euonymus fortune (’Emerald & Gold’), hollies, variegated box, skimmia and viburnum.
Finish off your display with ornamental grasses, winter flowering bulbs, architectural evergreen ferns and berry-laden shrubs (cotoneaster or pyracantha for example).
F. Tate’s & Sons have a wide stock of winter flowers and plants, and at the moment the fantastic half price shrub and tree sale is still ongoing … whilst stocks last.
And to make sure you’re all set for the cold weather, grab some quality logs and kindling too when you visit; every winter gardener deserves a cheery warm fireplace to retire to after a chilly – but rewarding – day outdoors!