From winter kale to willow, plantswoman Fleur van Zonneveld selects her favourite plants for December
Discovered by the plantsman and plant collector Dan Hinkley in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China, this evergreen groundcover has narrow, dark-green leaves that are marked with silvery white veins and looks a little like a ghostly tinted Vinca minor. Over time, it will form a carpet and climb in other plants and can also be trained up a support. Fortunately, however, it’s not as invasive as ivy. It works well when combined with small-leaved hostas and hellebores. AGM*.
Height 40cm. Origin China. Conditions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun to full shade. Hardiness RHS H5, USDA 5a-10b†. Season of interest Year round.