Despite the cold and miserable weather there are lots of wonderful cultivators to choose from to bring a bit of cheer to your garden. Here are just a few to help brighten up dull February days.
Nothing says spring like a daffodil and they’re such a welcome sight on crisp cold mornings. There are so many different varieties to choose from with varying shades of lemon, golden yellows and whites.
The bold and sturdy daffodils can withstand the cold and can bloom as early as February, right through until May.
Narcissus ‘February Gold’
February Gold usually grows to around 30cm in height and 7cm in width and flowers in early spring.
This dwarf variety grows to around 20cm in height and has creamy-white outer petals with a paler-yellow contrasting inner trumpet. These usually flower in early spring.
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Pronise’ / Witch Hazel
This denser cultivar of witch hazel is the perfect plant for borders and woodland style gardens. Growing to around 4m in height and 4m in width over 20 years to create a thicket of cheery yellow spider-like flowers and the stunning fragrance is a lovely touch to cold early months of the year.
The deciduous shrub mainly has broad oval or rounded leaves which are a rich green during spring and summer and golden yellow and fiery red through the autumn and winter months.
Galanthus Nivalis / Snowdrops
A sure sign that brighter days of spring are on their way is the appearance of snowdrops. Varying in height, shape, flower size and sometimes even colour, the snowdrops will multiply into drifts from the warmer moister soil. You should plant these from late April and into May to see them flower from January through to March.
Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear / strap-shaped leaves and are often honey-scented. The nodding flowers have 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green and grow to around 15cm in height while the fragrant flowers grow to around 2.5cm.
Viburnum x Bodnantense
This Viburnum can flower sporadically from autumn until spring, depending upon the weather conditions, with the flowers opening through milder spells. Its beautiful fragrance is a real show stopper and worth planting by a path, or near your door were you can really appreciate its scent during the winter months. This fantastic fragrance also helps to attract the few pollinators that are around at this time of year.
The are different varieties of Viburnum x Bodnantense, all of which come in romantic pink hues. ‘Dawn’ is a large, strong-growing deciduous shrub with dark green oval leaves and stunning clusters of scented, light pink flowers opening between autumn and spring.
‘Deben’ can be either a large deciduous or evergreen shrub with simple lobed leaves and clusters of fragrant, pale pink flowers which are followed by red, blue or even black black berries. These grow upright to between 1.5m and 2.5m, spreading approximatey 1m to 1.5m.
‘Charles Lamont’ grows vigorously upright to 1.5m-2.5m with a spread of 1m-1.5m. The simple lobed leaves are accompanied with dark purple shoots clusters of scented pink flowers and the oval leaves open with a rustic bronze, becoming dark green by summer.
Standing at only a few centimeters tall, the small but sweet Iris certainly lifts the month. Flowering early in the year, irises can find a home almost anywhere and are able to carpet large areas which would otherwise remain bare through the colder weather, such as under trees and open grass lands but are as equally as adaptable to surviving in smaller areas and grow well in pots.
Potting irises is a great way to appreciate the intricate patterns and markings of the midrib and veining and really enjoy he vibrant blue and purple petals dashed with sunshine yellow. The ‘Pixie’ Variety produces dark violet and blue flowers with yellow and white markings, while the ‘Carolina’ variety produces flowers with a royal blue tip fading into a pale blue with a white and yellow central zone.
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