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 the 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
- Do you desire an irresistible winter garden? it's scentactional!
- Usually I can depend on the long lasting Hellebores/Lenten roses to be in flower by the end of December. One clump started to flower in November a few years ago. Furthermore it still lasted in flower for almost 4 months!
- I have 4 hamamelis growing in the garden. They are excellent winter flowering plants / shrubs. Moreover everyone recognizes their lovely intricate spidery winter blooms. But did you know that witch hazels have exploding seedheads?
- Would you like to go on a witch hunt around my garden to see the Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'?
- Snowdrops feature not only in my garden but are also Perthshire native flowers. Did you know that snowdrops have antifreeze qualities?
- Some people pay a lot of money for their snowdrops. As a result they've got what's known as Galanthophilla. I only have a very small collection of plants and one year I added Galanthus 'Brenda Troyle' to my collection.
- What's red in your garden during the winter months? 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 start to flower in the garden.
- Winter interest plants at Branklyn Garden that the public never see.