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Hi Guys
I am after some advice on colour plants for my front garden.
I already have cyclamens, wall flowers and pansies in 

I have crocus Hyacinth snowdrops planted in my lawn, 
But only the cyclamens are in flower at this time of year.

Can you suggest other bright loud flowers possibly yellow that I can display.
I only have a very small garden so whatever i plant will either be removed in the spring
or will need to die right back to ground level 
PS The replies and advise given with my last post was fantastic so thank you
for the support to a newbie on GW


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169
    Bright loud colours?
    How about some dip dyed heathers?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    Nutcutlet  >:) I know it was tongue in cheek!
    SW Scotland
  • nutcutlet said:
    Bright loud colours?
    How about some dip dyed heathers?
    No Sorry Not my scene
    I am afraid I don't like things that look artificial 
    But thank you anyway
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,448
    Winter jasmine has yellow flowers, but doesn't die down in the Spring, would give you evergreen background though. After Christmas the garden centres start to get in pots of narcissi that are ready to flower. Struggling to think of anything else at the moment..... 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,909
    edited November 2018

    Winter pansies and violas come in yellow (but often as part of mixed packs), and will flower in winter but tend to slow down in colder spells. They perk up and have another go in spring alongside the daffs etc, then get straggly.  If cut back they can regrow, or can be treated as seasonal bedding and removed to make way for summer bedding. If you wanted permanent planting I would suggest variegated shrubs.  Maybe some of the euonymus that are sold small and cheap in the winter bedding sections of GCs.  I guess lots of people use them as bedding.

    Oops, just noticed you already have pansies!  Maybe primulas - they come in lots of colours and they're supposed to be spring flowering and sold as bedding, but I have a few "leftovers" that have survived and they have some flowers on them now.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    edited November 2018
    Schizostylis ( called hesperantha now). They have some brighter pink and red cultivars.
    Though they also come in paler pinks and white. They don't die down but you could pot them and move them about? They need a regular splitting to flower well. But they do flower into November December even later and longer sometimes.
    At least you can check them out and see if they are for you and you area of the country.
    They need some sun to do well but soil they can take wetness quite well too.
    Belated welcome to the forum .
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,162
    Generally speaking, winter flowers and perfume are on shrubs and colours are subtle as they use perfume to attract pollinators.  See here for advice from the RHS 

    If you want loud colours you're going to have to go with bulbs but they need to be planted in appropriate positions - soil, draiange, light levels - and will need at least 6 weeks of growing time after flowers have faded or been removed so that the foliage can feed the bulb for next year.   That can lok messy in the grass in a small garden because you can't mow.   Bit wasteful to mow what could be perennial flowering plants before they've built up their energy for the following year's display -

    There is a winter perennial - winter aconite - that is usually bright yellow but also comes in orange -   It prefers alkaline soils.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,199
    The only flowers I can think of that are not on your list are perhaps hellebores. My Hellebore Niger" has just got some buds on (it's a white flower) so you may possibly be able to get hold of some in a good garden centre or specialist nursery. I believe they are now breeding a yellow variety but assume this might be expensive or not widely available. Otherwise, something with bright red berries? 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 176
    You could consider a small shrub - Coronilla Valentina subsp glaucoma Citrina or the variegated form, either in the ground or in a pot.  They have lovely yellow flowers on and off in the winter and don't take up much room.  I have one of each in pots near the front door in winter. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,162
    Hellebores don't die down.   They are handsome plants if well looked after and come in a soft yellow with or without speckles but are more usually white, cream, pink, red, purple, almost black and with or without speckles.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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