Coronilla

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This is a won­der­ful win­ter-flow­er­ing shrub with a beau­ti­ful sweet scent. It is best grown against a wall and trained as a low climber. It is ev­er­green and gen­er­ally has grey fo­liage with a slight blue tinge, al­though there is a beau­ti­ful var­ie­gated ver­sion which works re­ally well with the yel­low flow­ers. The flow­ers start in sum­mer and con­tinue through Novem­ber into De­cem­ber. When plant­ing, try to give this Mediter­ranean na­tive a shel­tered spot away from cold winds. If there is se­vere win­ter weather, con­sider cov­er­ing the plant with a piece of hor­ti­cul­tural fleece. The soil should be good qual­ity and well drained and a few short bam­boo canes can help keep it in place, pre­vent­ing it from blow­ing around. You can usu­ally find two types – the stan­dard rich yel­low-flow­ered Coronilla glauca and a soft pale yel­low va­ri­ety, ‘Cit­rina’.

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