Its always a good time to visit Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. In early February I enjoyed a wonderful visit, taking in the range of late winter interest plants, from the scented Witch Hazels, the Euphorbias, Snowdrops, Iris and the great display in the Alpine House, and a wide range of evergreen plants and those giving form and shape through their branch structures and the likes...Here's a few pictures from the trip...
In flower now int he garden at St Patricks Primary in Derry is Viburnum dawn, this cracking winter flowering shrub flowers from mid September right through the winter in the sheltered school garden
The flowers of Viburnum dawn are small and bright on the bare-stems of the shrub, Indeed the foliage itself has a striking smell when crushed.
We've chatted about Viburnum tinus before, this is another winter flowering Viburnum (evergreen too), and the Spring flowering Viburnum shasta
Winter jasmin is somewhat different to its summer flowering cousin (Summer flowering Jasmin). Whereas the Summer flowering Jasmin is a fragrant climber which decorates fences, archways and pergolas in summer time the Winter flowering Jasmin is a bright yellow flowering wall or arching shrub for decorating shrub borders or for tying against fences or walls.
The flowers of Winter jasmin are bright yellow, which contrasts against the dark green stems. Winter flowering Jasmin looks good if left to scramble through other ground cover plants such as Ceonothus repens.
Winter flowering Jasmin is a robust fast grower, we cut ours back right after flowering. For positioning Winter Flowering jasmin is great for a anywhere bar the coldest of sites, so try to avoid having them on a North or East facing wall, but light shade to full sun they're happy.
See the RHS site for more great info on Winter and Summer Flowering Jasmin
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