We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Friday January 15 , 2021

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Top 5 Shrubs for Late Winter Early Spring

Posted by on in Gardening
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 15987
  • 0 Comments
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

There are so many amazing shrubs out there and I don’t think they get the recognition they deserve. I could wax lyrical about why everyone should have them in their gardens, what qualities they add to the garden and how hard some of them really do work for us. I thought I'd share with you my top 5 late winter/early spring flowering shrubs I often use when I’m designing gardens that will add visual interest and some are also scented! 

 

Forsythia-x-intermedia-LynAdding that bit of drama and excitement that spring is surely here you can’t beat a Forsythia, the yellow flowers that arrive around March can’t help but make you feel cheery.  It makes a great centre piece and is as equally at home as part of a mixed border, and it can also make a pretty good hedge too.  Try Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood Variety’ as it is tolerant of most soils and aspects although it does prefer full sun or part shade.

 

Sarcococca-confusa SizedSarcococca confusa also known as Christmas box, its flowers are white, sweetly scented and are in their full glory from December through to March. It likes full or partial shade and is a slow growing evergreen shrub.  This looks great as a specimen plant as well as planted in a mixed border or even a container.  If it is planted by a pathway or a door you’ll get the full benefit of that vanilla scent which really brightens up a wintery day!

 

Chaenomeles-x-superba-CrimChaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold' the ornamental quince, it bears bright crimson-red flowers with gold anthers on bare stems from March until May and is a welcome injection of colour this time of year.  It is a compact shrub that grows to about 1m in height and 2m in width making it great for a small garden where space is limited, it can be trained espaliered against a wall, it prefers full sun or part shade and is happy on a north facing wall.

Hamamelis-x-intermedia-DianHamamelis, the Witch Hazel family are incredible this time of year and I particularly like Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ because it is a little different to the usual yellow witch hazels.  It flowers well before the Camellias and Rhododendrons welcoming the start of the gardening year and the deep dusty orange petals can be seen unfurling in January giving an injection of colour but also of scent too!  The leaves turn rich colours of yellows and reds in the autumn.  It prefers full sun and part shade, well drained soils and will cope with minimal pruning but without can grow quite large so is ideal for the back of borders.

 

Viburnum-x-bodnantense-DawnViburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' flowers for a long time especially in milder winters, it can start in late autumn with the last of the flowers being seen late March.  The flowers are scented and pink in colour, the dense clusters can be seen on bare branches making them really stand out on a winters day but they will look even better with a darker background such as a hedge to show them off.   If it gets hit by frost it will produce more flowers within a few days or so, it prefers full sun but will grow in dappled shade and likes well drained soil.  A back of the border shrub as it can get quite tall but beware the berries it produces can give a mild stomach upset if eaten.  This shrub will really work hard for you!

 

 

0

Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.

Comments

  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Friday, 15 January 2021

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

Euphorbia Wisley Absorb pollution Carol Klein reclaimed materials Chelsea Physic Garden grow your own RHS Chelsea Levens Hall plant pots surfaces water conservation March garden contemporary RHS Hampton Court Bamboo Great British Garden Revival water butt Joseph Banks build planning your garden Buxus Chris Beardshaw plants Fleece NSALG Hosta Herb garden show gardens Herb Cut flowers National Trust pests cyclamen garden design traditional style Berberis autumn garden hydroponic Berginia productive garden October garden Kew Gardens Shrubs Nicki Jackson Alys Fowler RHS Coastal plants Trees hosepipe GYO repetition January garden terracota herbaceous borders Stone Lane Gardens scented shrubs HNC July garden bulbs Malvern Hills women and work award garden design tip June garden Cambridge botanical garden blue Horticultural acer watering can edible garden show Taxus Laurel Sophie Raworth stonemarket house plants basil garden room CorTen steel Highgrove recycled materials November garden May garden ash composting Toby Buckland Matt James pond hard landscaping doddington hall kitchen garden deer National Gardening Week Cloches sorbus August garden Charlie Dimmock sweat peas Garden Planning water rainwater harvesting roof garden rosemary structure snow Glasshouse garden advice at home Futurescape Decking Echinacea bulb display Wildflowers Narcissus Events & Shows heatwave February Moss Bank Park Phyllostachys nigra Urban Heat Island Effect summer garden Floating Paradise Gardens of London bees lawn care patio green spaces ornamental grasses Malvern Spring Show Daffodils February garden grey water spring garden saving water Cosmos astrosanguineus December garden winner Horticulture Rachel de Thame HTA timber elm Prince Harry gardening on tv wild flowers birch wildlife rock gardens spring bulbs watering Tom Hart-Dyke Snowdrops John Massey Hidcote alpines cottage gardens Seed sowing Birmingham Library career in horticulture September garden form front garden London Greenhouse garden garden focal points sunflowers sound in the garden Selfridges Roof Garden ha ha Joanna Lumley Ashwood Nurseries CorTen Monty Don Chelsea Flower Show RHS Tatton Park herbs roof gardens Blue Daisy Perennial Spring shrubs Lawrence Johnston paving Alan Titchmarsh James Wong Crocus Horticulturalist twitter Achillea colour in your garden Winter shrubs pollinating insects Briza maxima April garden Acuba legacy gift Kensington Roof Garden kerb-side appeal Mrs Loudon Geranium BBC eco-friendly RHS Malvern rococo winter garden water feature movement in the garden Urban Heat Island topiary poppies Kelmarsh Hall vertical garden garden design trends Gardeners World Ilex Jekka McVicar gravel Stoneleigh pollinators Joe Swift drought unity Capability Brown New York Highline cottage garden courtyard Lantra

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog



Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.