Long lasting winter colour

Dogwoods, willow and ornamental blackcurrant come into their own in the winter. Place them somewhere low sunshine can catch them and the colours sing. Moist soil preferable though the red dogwood, Cornus alba Sibirica can be more forgiving.

RHS Harlow Carr in Yokshire
RHS Harlow Carr in Yokshire
Cornus alba 'Sibirica', the best known perhaps of the red stemmed dogwoods
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, the best known perhaps of the red stemmed dogwoods
Cornus alba 'Flaverimea' For contrast Cornus Kesselringii has near black stems.
Cornus alba ‘Flaverimea’. For contrast Cornus Kesselringii has near black stems.
Salix alba vitellina 'Yelverton'
Salix alba vitellina ‘Yelverton’

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Rubus biflorus - you might choose Rubus cockburnianus for a chalkier bloom on the stems
Rubus biflorus – you might choose Rubus cockburnianus for a chalkier bloom on the stems
Cornus sanguinea 'Anny's Winter Orange'. You might choose the more branching Cornus sericea 'Midwinter Fire'
Cornus sanguinea ‘Anny’s Winter Orange’. You might choose the more branching Cornus sericea ‘Midwinter Fire’

Many gardens showcase the jewels of winter gardening. Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire has just opened their new Winter Garden attraction. The Hillier Gardens are absolutely worth visiting at this time of year. For some very enjoyable reading, look out the classic ‘Colour in the Winter Garden’ by Graham Stuart Thomas.

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