Flowering Plants for Winter Cheer
At this deep dark time of year, when many deciduous plants can appear dead, evergreens and winter flowering plants can lift the spirits. Looking good at the moment are holly, particularly the various forms with variegated foliage like ‘Argenteo Marginata’, ‘Golden King’ and ‘Lawsoniana’. The architectural structure of many conifers is very profound at this time of year. Picea omorika can look like an arboreal space rocket in the landscape. Abies pinsapo 'Glauca' (below) is shown here which is also striking in the gloomier months. Many winter flowering plants are sweetly scented. On a small scale you can plant Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ and Ruscus aculeatus by the door for scent as you arrive or depart the house. On a slightly larger scale, the various Mahonia (below) have been providing scented flower for weeks, as well as Lonicera fragrantissima (main picture under "Looking Good"). All these plants can be seen and purchased along with many others if you phone or drop in to the nursery.