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hiya im very green at this gardening i have got a home with a well established garden but i want colour all year round i haveput beeding plants in for the summer but can anyone tell me what plants i need for colour in the winter please


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,826

    Winter provides another sort of colour too - glistening frost on seedheads, berries, evergreens and grasses.  Now is the time to plan for structural plants that will look glorious when those frosts arive.  For an idea of what I mean, think of all those beautiful Christmas cards of frosted gardens image

    Also, we'll soon be choosing bulbs to plant this autumn to give us early colour - some daffs and crocus will flower as early as february.  And then of course there's snowdrops and aconites too.  And hazel catkins (lamb's tails) appear on the branches in midwinter and it's wonderful to watch them develop with every mild spell, bringing the promise of spring with them.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Agree with all above, would also add Clematis Freckles, Virbunum Bodnantse (large, but slow growing shrub) which flowers all through winter with a beautiful scent, Rosemary in mild winters will flower at Christmas, Sarcoccoca Hookeriana (Christmas Box) flowers in early spring with a wonderful scent. The thing to remember is winter flowering plants tend to have small flowers, but quite often a wonderful scent. 

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