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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

Planting for Winter interest

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, now is the time to consider the Winter interest in your garden. Although there are less flowers in the garden during the Winter there are still some key features of plants which can really stand out, giving your garden all year round seasonal interest.

Here's some of my top Winter interest plants: 

1. Cornus Sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

This shrub is the king of Winter interest for me - bright red stems and orange/magenta leaves really make this plant shine even in the depths of Winter.

2. Betula utilils jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'

The bark on this variety of Betula becomes whiter throughout the Winter - a multi stem creates a fantastic focal point and is the perfect size for a small garden

3. Clematis cartmanii 'Early Sensation'

Although the profusion of flowers on this Clematis do not appear until early Spring, the evergreen foliage provides all year round dark green cover for your boundaries.

4. Anemanthele lessionana

This versitite and hardy grass takes on shades of bronze, orange and red in the Winter, creating warming tones in your borders.

5. Hellebores and evergreen companions

Hellebores come into flower in January, providing some welcome colour which lasts well into the Spring. Partner them with evergreen ferns such as Polystichum setiferum and Asplenium for a lush Winter display.

Consider adding some of these plants to your garden to ensure there's always something to capture your attention all year round.

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