During the cold dark days of December, January and February any winter flowering plants are a welcome sight in Scotland. Here in Perthshire our winters sometimes don't even begin until February.
Moreover the plants can be lulled into a false sense of security. Especially if the weather has been mild up to that point in the calendar.
I even 'stretch' the meaning of winter flowering to include winter garden interest from seedheads, catkins and ornamental bark. For example the lunaria and carlina seedheads. The buds from the Corylus contorta catkins. Then there's peeling bark from the paper bark maple. The cork bark from the winged spindle tree along with the coloured stems from the dogwood. They all give good winter interest ...especially with a dusting of frost.
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Winter Flowering Plants
- What red winter interest plants have you got growing in your garden for seasonal colour? I have two red dogwoods - Cornus 'Baton Rouge', a cowberry - Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Red Candy' and Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'.
- We're used to seeing the odd primula flower in bloom in our gardens even during the winter months. For example Primula 'Gigha' is one of those winter flowering plants. Moreover it originates from one of the Scottish Islands on the West Coast.
- Winter on the Wane - when the first of the species crocus - Crocus chrysanthus start to flower in the garden.
- See also the Winter interest plants Branklyn Garden visitors never see.
- Plus the Branklyn garden rare February flowers.