What’s looking good in the garden?
By HitchinPeople | Friday, February 11, 2011, 15:40
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter fire’
Snowdrops and Hellebores
time of year the garden can look quite ‘flat’, especially if you have lots of
perennials that don’t do their thing until summer.
few plants to liven the borders in the early spring…giving a bit of colour and
maybe a bit of ‘wow’ to even the most grim of days !
Evergreen shrubs (keep their leaves)
× ebbingei 'Gilt Edge' – has green leaves with yellow edging, ideal for a darker corner!
'Rubella' – deep green leaves with massive spikes of red
flowers … excellent for winter pots
Flowers on bare stems
praecox (picture 1) – waxy
looking pale yellow flowers, amazingly perfect shapes … with a delicate scent
bodnantense ‘Dawn’ – sweet
smelling delicate pink flowers on bare stems
sanguinea ‘Midwinter fire’ (picture 2) – gorgeous salmony/red coloured stems
Cockburnian-us’ - white stemmed bramble (goes well with the cornus and what a
great name !)
Closer to the ground (you just have to bend
down to see them!)
Snowdrops (picture 3) – these are looking lovely, and their ‘winter white’ colour really stands out
from a distance… but do take a closer
look at them to see how pretty they are !
Hellebores (picture 3) – the flowers are just starting to open, with little nodding heads in some
great colours – I love the dark purple ones!
Lovely with some snowdrops planted nearby.
Tricker Garden Design
Caroline’s Maintenance Tips
The weather in February is so
unpredictable (more than any other month I’d say!). Although the days are generally getting
longer, we can have snow blizzards or sunshine!
However, when the weather allows there is plenty that can be done in the
The weeds will be starting, so it is
a good time to remove them while they are young and then mulch your beds and
borders with a mulch, bark is ideal.
This will cut down your work in the spring and into summer, so you can
enjoy those long lazy days that we all look forward to.
Any cutting back that hasn’t been
done can also be tackled. The cutting back of buddleias, wisterias (at the
beginning of the month) and all the herbaceous plants that have become tangled
over the winter can now be cut down and again mulched. If the weather has been mild enough, you may
see some new shoots poking through, isn’t it amazing how nature survives those
I am very please to announce that
these lovely ladies have agreed to make their gardening advice article a
monthly feature on Hitchin People. So
look out for more gardening design and maintenance tips next month.