Andrew Porter en Horticulture UK, Knowledge Lovers (Every Bee's Hive), Lifestyle Horticultural Blogger • Unaffiliated 4/10/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +800

The Dark Winter days and how you can brighten them up!

The Dark Winter days and how you can brighten them up!

As summer once again fades in to autumn I thought I would give this buzz an update, because winter is just around the corner...and so as the trees now turn colour from green to brown, gold, red and orange (which reminds me of beBee!) we should look at how we can add some of that colour back to our gardens, because once all that lovely autumn colour has finally gone there is nothing much left in our gardens except maybe some evergreen shrubs or remnants of some herbaceous plants that have now turned brown for the winter.

Winter can be dull and depressing at the best of times and your garden won't seem particularly inviting, but by adding some brightness, it will make the garden more inviting, encouraging you to go outdoors which will certainly boost your mood, just create a cosy area on your patio with heaters and candles where you can sit, relax, and take in the view of the bright winter colours of the plants.

Hopefully the following selection may give you some ideas of what you may like to add to bring back the colour to your gardens over the winter and into spring, there are numerous bulbs such as Snow Drops, Crocus, Daffodils and Tulips the title picture are Viola and will complement any of the bulbs mentioned they also look good in planters....but let me introduce you to some plants that will brighten up the darkest Winter day, first we have Daphne....


The Dark Winter days and how you can brighten them up!

Daphne is a deciduous semi-evergreen or evergreen shrub, two varieties to look out for are D. bholua the flowers of this variety are fragrant white flushed with purple and pink, and are produced in late winter. Another one of interest is D. odora this is a rounded evergreen shrub that bears fragrant deep purple pink and white flowers from mid winter to early spring...lovely, the second up is Japanese Quince or Chaenomeles....


The Dark Winter days and how you can brighten them up!

These are deciduous spiny shrubs and are grown for their early flowers they are best grown against a wall which gives a better effect, one to watch out for is C. x superba this one is rounded with spreading branches it has abundant clusters of orange scarlet flowers from spring through to summer that will warm any grey day....let's try a bit of yellow now with Mahonia....


The Dark Winter days and how you can brighten them up!


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