Winter makes me think of the ‘takedown’; chopping back perennials, pruning large shrubs (that may be affected by strong winds) and hedge trimming.
I forget that there are actually plants still growing and visible; I should look up from what I am doing more often and appreciate them.
Here are 5 plants that I enjoyed last winter for their bright colour and enthusiasm!
- Clematis cirrhosa ‘Jingle Bells’
- Edgeworthia chrysantha
- Cornus alba (such a classic, had to be listed)
- Arbutus unedo
- Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (not a favourite for pruning, bit spiky!)
These plants are moderately easy to maintain and need to be pruned once a year. They can be planted in most soil types however Edgeworthia prefers fertile, well drained soil so may be harder to grow in clay soils without thourough preparation.