Quite frankly anything that flowers in Perthshire at this time of the year is precious and should be cherished. I've quite a few winter flowering plants in the garden - all beautiful in their own way but none more so than the Hamamelis | Witch hazels. Despite the dreariness of winter they are captivating and alluring. They always give me hope and anticipation that winter is nearly over........but not just yet!
You can read Part One of this series on Winter Flowering plants here : Want to go on a Witch hunt?
|Irresistible scentsational witch hazels|
The four Hamamelis varieties in the leavesnbloom garden are all x intermedia hybrids with their parentage from the Japanese witch hazels - Hamamelis japonica and the Chinese witch hazels -Hamamelis mollis. The winter colour from these deciduous shrubs/ small trees ranges from the palest sulphurous yellow to red and each year it just gets better and better.
A Room With A ViewThese are plants that you'll need to grow somewhere that you can view the flowers from indoors just in case the weather doesn't entice you into the garden.
#1 Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' AGM
I can see this one with its sulfurous yellow blooms from my living room window.
|Vase shaped Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' shrub with winter flowers in February|
|Witch hazel 'Pallida' macro|
#2 Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'
I can view this one from my lounge window.
|Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty'|
|Witch hazel 'Orange Beauty' winter flowers in February|
#3 Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' AGM
It's slow growing and it has red blooms though when the sun is shining on them there are subtle hints of orange too. It's planted next to the driveway and is lightly scented.
|Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' winter flowers in February|
|Witch hazel 'Diane' macro|
I can see these coppery yellow blooms from my kitchen window though they are non scented and the furthest away in the garden.
|Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' winter flowers in February|
|Witch hazel 'Jelena' macro|
Does Size Really Matter ?Never let the ultimate size of a witch hazel put you off growing it!
These are shrubs to treasure in the winter garden! Witch hazel 'Diane' and 'Orange Beauty' may just be 2.5 feet each in height at the moment in my own garden but I know that they'll be a real investment for future winter colour. If they get too big I know that I can prune to keep them at a manageable size.
Once your witch hazels are established in the garden - which is probably from their 2nd year onwards they can be pruned to create a good dense flowering shrub.
Witch hazel 'Jelena' is the only one that I need to prune at the moment and I usually do that in early April just before the new leaves appear.
|Last years growth on the witch hazel|
Just don't prune later in the summer as you could end up pruning away flowering wood and might not get as many flowers during the next winter flowering season.
These Asian witch hazels that I grow are unlike the native witch hazel from the USA Hamamelis virginiana which flowers during the late autumn. There's also no competition from the leaves unlike their American cousin as these witch hazels bloom on the bare winter branches.
Open Your heartIf you don't believe me about love being in the air.........even a hamamelis seed pod can have a heart!
|heart shaped witch hazel seed head|
Which winter flowering plants for you are irresistible and desirable?
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