John’s favourites for win­ter colour

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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.

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