6 flow­ers for a fes­tive flavour

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Ma­ho­nia x me­dia ‘Win­ter Sun’ AGM

Worth grow­ing for the bright-yel­low flow­ers – they smell like lily of the val­ley and last from No­vem­ber to March. Ev­er­green. Prune af­ter flow­er­ing if re­quired. An op­tion for semi-shade or shade. H: 16ft (5m).

Prunus x sub­hirtella ‘Au­tum­nalis’

Good for small gar­dens, the rose­bud cherry blooms from au­tumn into spring, its pink-blushed white flow­ers held on bare stems. ‘Au­tum­nalis Rosea’ has pinker blos­som. Likes sun. H: 26ft (8m).

Helle­borus niger ‘HGC Josef Lem­per’

This cul­ti­var of the Christ­mas rose flow­ers from early De­cem­ber, pro­duc­ing snow-white saucer-shaped flow­ers above gen­er­ous fo­liage. Cut off the leaves for a bet­ter dis­play of the blooms. Semi-shade. H: 1ft (30cm).

Camel­lia x ver­nalis ‘Yule­tide’

Fea­tures scar­let flow­ers with golden an­thers from No­vem­ber to Jan­uary.

Or try pink ‘Win­ter’s Joy’, which flow­ers in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. Grow as a wall shrub in shel­tered sun. H: 8ft (2½m).

Chi­mo­nan­thus prae­cox

The bare stems of win­ter­sweet are hung with fra­grant golden flow­ers from De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary. A sun lover, it can be grown as a wall shrub against a south or west-fac­ing wall. H: 61∕2-13ft (2-4m).

Vibur­num x bod­nan­tense ‘Dawn’ AGM

This de­cid­u­ous shrub has fra­grant pink flow­ers all win­ter, and can be trained into a tree. Also in flower at Christ­mas are V. far­reri (above) and V. ti­nus ‘Eve Price’. Sun or semi-shade. H: 10ft (3m).

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