This striking winter group will ensure you have colour and scent in your garden through the darker months of the year. The star of the show is fan shaped Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’, grouped together to give the best impact from their brilliant orange-yellow stems. Evergreen plants and the addition of pretty seasonal bulbs combine to create an exciting, low maintenance planting scheme.
We have put together a planting plan using 5 key plants for winter interest. The area is 1.5m deep x 2.5m wide and uses a total of 13 plants.
An evergreen perennial with coarse textured, leathery dark green leaves. This plant creates valuable ground cover in both full sun and shadier positions. In spring strong spikes of pure white flowers are sent up, fading to pale pink as they age.
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
A fabulous Cornus with bright orange-yellow stems that shine during the more sombre winter months. In March the stems should be cut down to ground level, as it’s the new growth which has the best seasonal colour. From May to June small creamy-white flowers are produced and the oval mid green foliage acts as a good backdrop for showier plants the rest of the year.
This lovely evergreen grass has pale olive green leaves that take on warm coppery shades in autumn. A great plant that adds movement to a scheme and creates interest throughout the year.
Epimedium x martinii
A wonderful domed evergreen shrub with red stems and fine textured fleshy green leaves. In late spring and summer bright, acid green flowers are produced having a distinctive dark red eye.
The beautiful common snowdrop pushes through the soil early in the year slowly spreading to produce a fabulous carpet of nodding white bells with distinctive small green markings.
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
From November to March large spikes of pale yellow flowers are produced which have a wonderful fragrence silmilar to that of Lily of the Valley. This is a large evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green holly-like foliage that is ideal for a focal point position.