Wealden Times | WT213 | November 2019 | Gift supplement inside

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of winter flowers is that they’re usually scented. Good

deciduous winter shrubs include: Viburnum bodnantense

‘Dawn’, Chimonanthes praecox (Winter sweet), Lonicera

fragrantissima, Hamamellis (witch hazel).The RHS garden

Wisley in Surrey – open all year (except Christmas day)

is a great place to visit for out of season inspiration.

They have a wonderful winter walk (near to the tea

room – essential part of any winter walk), where you can

experience the joys of winter plants all in one place.

It’s hard to play a supporting role; outshone by the

flowery divas in the summer, propping up lax companions

and generally being taken for granted, but when the fairweather

plants have given up and gone to ground, these

unsung plants can finally have their moment in the sun

(or shade). Reliable, stalwart and quietly beautiful, well

chosen structural shrubs will be an investment – and this

is the perfect time to plant them – or plant some more.

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plants

Evergreens provide a constant look and will

ensure that the border looks good through the

seasons, even in the depths of winter, but there are

deciduous plants that look just as good naked…

Box – this is excellent for adding formality and

evergreen interest. Create low hedges, topiary

shapes and focal points – however, beware box

blight and box tree caterpillar, which is now

rife in London and surrounding areas.

Euphorbia ‘Wolfennii’ – an architectural plant

with handsome,grey/green foliage in winter

and long lasting lime green bracts in spring.

Miscanthus sinensis – a tall grass with attractive

seedbeds that will persist all through the winter.

Grosses are a good alternative to ‘blobby’

shrubs and bring movement to a border.

Osmanthus – small leaved evergreen with tiny

scented flowers in spring. It can be trimmed to a neat

shape to make a dark backdrop for other plants.

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ – this dogwood has

pretty variegated foliage, good autumn colour

and once the leaves have fallen, dark red stems

on the young growth all through winter.

Top: Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ as a hedge

Left: Spiraea ‘Goldflame’

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