6 flowers for a festive flavour
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).
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).