Winter Magic – Ideas to Brighten up January in the Garden

While we start booking our summer family holidays, now is a good time to also start planning the design for your garden.  The beauty of a garden is that with the right design and planting scheme, it really can look fabulous all year round, not just for barbecue season.   

Even on the darkest of January days there are delights to be had in the garden and in the most awkward of places.   Sarcococca, hellebores and snowdrops grown as a trio, can lighten up the darkest corner of your garden.  The evergreen Sarcococca creates the backbone for these intrepid performers.   At its feet the snowdrops and hellebores dance about to provide an ever changing scene through the seasons, but of course their peak performance is in the dark days of winter when little else happens.  All three thrive in shade and in any soil, even alkaline.   They can be used to fill dark corners or beside a shady path or back door.   The scent of the Sarcococca will permeate a long way and fill ones head with the thought of spring to come.  What better tonic for a winter day.


Sarcococca Confusa

Sarcococca Confusa

Sarcococca Confusa - A small evergreen shrub with a heady scent that perfumes the air.  Its shiny reflective leaves and tiny white flowers pack a powerful punch.


Tiny Heralds of Spring

Tiny Heralds of Spring

Common Snowdrops / Galanthus nivalis - Their fragile stems push bravely through the snow.
It is important to plant these “in the green” just after they have flowered and still have their leaves.


Helleborus orientalis

Helleborus orientalis

Helleborus orientalis sometimes called the Lenten Rose, but no relation to the rose.  A promiscuous seeder which can result in some delightful surprises.  It comes in many colours from white through to almost black via pinks and magentas.   Some even have freckles on their faces.  Bees loves them hence their promiscuousness, buzzing between one colour and another.

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