In the midst of winter the days are short and the sights are often bleak. The greenery you once took for granted now seems a long forgotten memory. The light struggles to find opportunities to break through to your window sill, but still there is light at the end of the tunnel and the following content should help to bring that light and vibrance closer to you and your garden.
There are a great selection of species you can plant now (November/December) to bring your garden colour during the dark cold months. Here is list of some of my favourites to help fire you passion for winter gardening:
“C. tommasinianus looks particularly fine
naturalised on a slope as at the end of the Spring Garden.”
- Eranthis hyemalis or winter aconite
The cultivars I particularly like: E. hyemalis ‘Orange Glow’, which display a very good orange.
‘Schwefelglanz’ – a delicate pale aconite. I would say it is good to have distinctivelydifferent aconites.
- Crocus sieberi or ‘Bowles’s White’- Gives a really smart white
‘Firefly’ – light lilac with golden
There really are plenty of cultivars to choose from and to suit your taste. C. tommasinianus looks particularly fine naturalised on a slope as at the end of the Spring Garden.
- Cyclamen coum
- Helleborus spp.
- Corydalis temulifolia ‘Chocolate Stars’ – produces feathery rust-coloured foliage, draws lots
For the larger gardens- playing around with trees and shrubs can be quite fun
- Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii
- Chimonanthus praecox
Quick tip: Planting chives nearby may help to keep pests away.
Last but most certainly not least, we come to our favourite part of our winter list, Snowdrops!
Get involved in a bit of ‘galanthamania’ and start planting now for February.
Here are some excellent cultivars to get going with:
- G. ‘S. Arnott’ – Has a great scent, easy to succeed with. They multiply quickly and are relatively disease resistant.
- G. nivalis – Another cultivar that is easy to succeed with and hybridises. It is good fun to see whether something special is created in yourclump.
- G. elwesii var. monostictus ‘Mrs. Macnamara’ – Succeeds easy, large and rises early
- G. ‘Straffan’ Succeeds easy, a mid- late-season riser. It often produces two flowers per bulb
- G. ‘Hill Poë’ – relatively easy, superb double
A good rule to remember when planting snowdrop bulbs is: don’t plant too deep, too shallow
or too close to each other.
as a rule– “twice as deep as bulb is long, 5cm apart”.
So here is my list of favourites to keep winter a busy enough time in the garden… just remember your wellies and gloves.
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