During January, our winter flora is in full bloom and ready for your beholding. Ranging from the heady citrus smells of the Hamamelis X Intermedia to the Lily of the Valley scent of the Mahonia X Media, the deep purples of the Helleborus flowers to the whites & pinks of the Viburnum Tinus, there is something to catch the eye of any garden-goer.
Betula Utilis Var. Jacquemontii – A Birch with an exceptionally white luminous stem. Looks good when planted in groups or as a multi-stem. [10m x 5m]. Found around the pond and as a mature specimen outside the Gardeners Cottage.
Hamamelis X Intermedia – A Witch Hazel that produces spidery orange, red or yellow flowers carried on leafless branches. Although small, the flowers produce a heady citrus scent. Quite slow growing but will eventually attain [3m x 3m]. Found in the Ornamental Garden in the north facing border.
Helleborus – Commonly known as hellebores, the Eurasian genus Helleborus consists of approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, within which it gave its name to the tribe of Helleboreae. Despite names such as “winter rose”, “Christmas rose” and “Lenten rose”, hellebores are not closely related to the rose family (Rosaceae).
Mahonia X Media – An architectural evergreen with leaves like a large holly but producing yellow shuttlecock flowers at the growing tips. Flowers are very fragrant with a scent of Lily of the Valley. Grows to become a large shrub [3m x 3m]. Found in the north facing border of the Ornamental Garden and outside the Gardener’s Cottage.
Viburnum Tinus – An evergreen shrub studded with fat pink flower buds that open in mid-winter to provide white/pink flat headed flowers above dark green foliage. [2.5m x 2.5m]. Found on the south facing border of the Ornamental Garden.