Best of the bunch
Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
This eye-catching shrub, with its vibrant yellow flowers which bloom between November and March, is also as tough as they come. It will put up with terrible soil and shade, you can grow it on a north-facing wall, training it until it reaches its limit of 2.5m x 2.5m (8ft x 8ft) and it won’t mind a bit of neglect so is ideal for gardeners with little time. It is nothing to write home about in the warmer months, so it’s wise to let it grow through evergreen shrubs or support it with trellis and team it with ivies.
While it will withstand the worst of the elements, it doesn’t like early morning sun, which, on frosty mornings, can end up burning the petals, so avoid east-facing sites.