Category Archives: Winter

Rose beds in winter

20150303_120427 (3)It came up in conversation that rose beds are not interesting in winter. But have you not heard of bulbs?  They make the perfect underplanting for roses, because they appear when the roses are asleep and disappear again when the roses are getting ready to bloom. We should thank the brilliant garden designers at Capel Manor for this picture – they have placed clumps of blue Crocus and Iris reticulata  throughout the rose garden so there is colour throughout the borders during February and March.

And of course – everything is in bloom in summer..

 

IMG_3895 (2)

The question of stems for winter colour

20150125_124210

Cornus are the choice for winter colour – and there are varieties of cornus with red, orange, green and purple stems. I found these at the Clockhouse Nursery: Cornus alba ‘Siberica’ and Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’ . Where to put them in the garden though? Bare stems don’t work very well against a wall or a fence. They show best against evergreens or against the sky,  and the best place of all is a position where they can be reflected in water.