John’s favourites for winter colour
Acer palmatum ‘Ornatum’ This Japanese maple in the Winter Garden is over 100 years old and an incredible sight allyear-round, but especially in autumn-winter. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yaku-jima’ The compact but billowing grassy foliage and flowers catch the late autumn-winter sunlight. It’s a very useful structural plant. Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ It really sings out throughout autumn and winter, first when the leaves turn yellow and later when the bare crimson stems are aglow. Bergenia ‘Hellen Dillon’ Now known as Bergenia purpurascens ‘Irish Crimson’, the foliage of this evergreen ground cover plant turns a purple-red in winter.