One of the things I love about gardens is that there is always something to enjoy no matter how cold and dark the days, and I certainly want my garden to offer something throughout all four seasons. February doesn't have to be dark, dingy and depressing in the garden.
Here are five winter flowering shrubs that are easy to get hold of, easy to grow, and will provide beautiful colour and amazing fragrance at this time of year. Please share your own favourites using the comments section below this post.
1. Daphne odora. A small evergreen shrub, can be grown in pots. A bit trickier to grow and therefore more expensive to buy, but worth every penny. Every garden should have one, you will not find anything that has a sweeter fragrance. Put it outside your door and you will be wowed by it whenever you go outside during February or March.
3. Mahonia x media "Winter sun". Also flowers reliably all winter. Can become very tall, and displays its bright yellow flowers above everything growing around it. Be careful leaning in to smell it as the leaves are very spiky, but worth the effort as it smells delicious! As long as you have space for it, you don't need to prune it just let it grow!
4. Viburnum bodnantense "Dawn". Clusters of pink tinged white flowers on bare stems from January onwards. Place it close to paths or doors and enjoy the smell as you walk past.
|Viburnum Bodnantense dawn|
5. Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) has just bloomed producing its delicious scent not far from the back door. The twisted flowers are like strips of lemon peel hanging from the branches. If you can't smell it on a frosty day, breathe on the flowers to encourage them to release their scent.