Category Archives: Winter

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark’Otto Luyken’ is a spreading medium-sized evergreen shrub of dense, low growth, with narrow, glossy dark green leaves. Flowers small, white in erect racemes; fruits cherry-like, red turning glossy black
Common Name: cherry laurel ‘Otto Luyken’
Family: Rosaceae
Color flower: White in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Leaves may be damaged by vine weevil and leaf-mining moths
Pruning: Pruning group 1. In areas where silver leaf is prevalent pruning may be done in mid-summer
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in any moist but well-drained moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Its spreading habit makes it useful groundcover but may become chlorotic on poorer, shallow chalky soils
Garden characteristics: Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Banks and Slopes or Ground Cover

Cyclamen cilicium


Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

C. cilicium is a tuberous perennial with broad, heart-shaped leaves, mottled with silver above and purplish beneath, and pale or rosy-pink flowers 2-3cm in width, with reflexed, twisted petals marked with purple at the base, opening in autumn

Common Name: Cilician cyclamen
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Pink and Purple in Autumn
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Grey/Silver , Purple and Dark Green in
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Mice and squirrels may be a problem; vine weevil can attack pot-grown plants
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 5cm deep in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Avoid excessive summer moisture and mulch well when leaves wither
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


Cyclamen is fantastic indoor flower for winter season.

Justicia brandegeeana


Justicia can be evergreen perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and spikes or clusters of tubular, 2-lipped flowers often with conspicuous bractsJ. brandegeeana is a lax evergreen shrub to 1m in height, with ovate leaves and compact arching spikes composed of conspicuous overlapping pink bracts and small tubular white flowers borne over a long period
Common Name: shrimp plant
Family: Acanthaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H1b (heated greenhouse – subtropical)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly
Pruning: Pruning group 9
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow under glass or in a sheltered frost-free environment. Pinch out tips to promote compact plants. Best replaced when they become leggy
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

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Ipheion ‘Alberto Castillo’


Ipheion are small bulbous perennials with onion-scented, narrowly strap-shaped leaves and sweet-scented star-shaped flowers in late winter and spring’Alberto Castillo’ is a deciduous perennial to 20cm tall, with narrow light green leaves and white flowers 4cm wide, each petal with a faint green central stripe, flowering in late winter and spring
Common Name: starflower ‘Alberto Castillo’
Family: Alliaceae
Color flower: White in Winter
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Pale Green in Spring and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out. Provide protective winter mulch in colder areas. In containers best grown in loam based compost such as John Innes No. 2 with added leafmould and grit. Under glass grow in bright filtered light
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Patio/Container Plants

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Helleborus lividus


Helleborus can be rhizomatous, herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials forming a clump of pedate basal leaves, or evergreen with erect, leafy stems. Large, bowl-shaped flowers are borne in loose clusters in late winter or spring

H. lividus is an evergreen perennial to 45cm with biennial stems bearing leaves composed of three bluish-green marbled leaflets. Nodding, pale pinkish-green flowers 3-5cm in width are borne in open clusters from mid winter

Common Name: blue-grey hellebore
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: Pink and Pale Green in Winter
Hardiness: old H2-3 (intermediate between H2 and H3)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Hellebore aphid and snails may be a problem
Pruning: Remove faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in neutral to alkaline soil in dappled shade. In frost-prone areas, best grown in a cold greenhouse
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow

Helleborus argutifolius


Helleborus can be rhizomatous, herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials forming a clump of pedate basal leaves, or evergreen with erect, leafy stems. Large, bowl-shaped flowers are borne in loose clusters in late winter or spring

H. argutifolius is an evergreen perennial to 1m with stout stems bearing leaves composed of three spiny-toothed dark green leaflets. Bowl-shaped, nodding, pale green flowers 4-5cm in width are borne in large open clusters

Common Name: holly-leaved hellebore
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: Pale Green in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Prone to hellebore aphid and snails
Pruning: Remove faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Thrives in neutral to alkaline soils that are moist, fertile and humus-rich. Partial shade is ideal but can tolerate full sun. Provide shelter from strong, cold winds. Mulch annually in autumn
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Echeveria derenbergii – magic rose in stone garden


Echeveria can be evergreen succulent perennials or subshrubs with rosettes of colourful, fleshy leaves and racemes or panicles of urn-shaped flowers

E. derenbergii is an evergreen succulent with rosettes of obovate, whitish-green leaves and one-sided racemes of small cup-shaped red and yellow flowers opening from late winter to summer

Common Name: painted lady
Family: Crassulaceae
Color flower: Red and Yellow in Spring, Summer and Winter
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and White in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in full light. Provide low humidity. Water freely when in growth and keep just moist at other times. Apply a dilute low nitrogen fertilizer fortnightly during late spring and summer. Keep almost dry in the winter. Stand plants outside during the summer months
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Dianthus ‘Prado’ – preasures in your garden


Dianthus can be annuals, evergreen perennials or subshrubs with narrow, often greyish leaves and showy flowers that are frequently fragrant

Perpetual flowering carnations are half-hardy evergreen perennials grown under glass for cut flowers and for exhibition. Given temperatures above 10C, they can flower all year round, the blooms to 10cm across, sometimes scented

‘Prado’ is a robust perennial with pale yellow, double flowers 10cm across, strongly clove-scented, produced throughout the year

Common Name: perpetually flowering carnation ‘Prado’
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Color flower: Pale Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Glasshouse whitefly, glasshouse red spider mite, thrips and tortrix moth may be a problem
Pruning: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering and promote a compact habit
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow under glass at 7 to 10 °C in a loam-based potting compost in bright filtered light with good ventilation. In winter provide low humidity and full light. When in growth water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 10 days
Garden characteristics: Cut Flowers or Patio/Container Plants