Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Evergreen foliage in winter





Cyclamen Herderifolium
Lonicera henryi - evergreen honeysuckle
Uknown Erica or Calluna (almost luminous yellow in Summer)
Pieris 'Mountain Fire' which changes colour each season
Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'

Every year the Winter interest aspect of the garden fills out a little more to the point where there is now something looking good in every bed, border or large tub. I love the way their colours and shapes become so noticeable when all else is dormant. I was out the other day and noticed one daffodil already forming a blower bud, several cyclamen doing the same, small daisies, and violas in flower and more flowers on the Claire Austin rose than it had during Summer! The snowdrops have started to push up and should be in flower soon. By far the most reliable performer this year has been Lamium Rosaseum which has literally flowered non stop since late Spring last year, it must be a blessing for all manner of insects.

4 comments:

Bernie H said...

Your evergreens look great, especially that lovely Cyclamen. How wonderful that you have a few things still have things like Daisies, Violas, Roses and Lamium blooming.

Jean said...

Yes, blooms are a blessing for the insects. That's something good to remember!

scottweberpdx said...

You are so good! I still struggle to add evergreen elements here and there. I'm such a big fan of 'Angelina', such a beautiful (and tough) plant. That Cyclamen is absolutely stunning!

Anonymous said...

It looks like your heath is erica vagans. Very common here in northern Spain, specially on coastal cliffs. Only heath I know that can grow on alkaline soils. Thanks for the pics!

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