Battered by rain, frost and cold, the average British garden looks far from vibrant in the winter months. There are no spring daffodils or summer sunflowers to provide a shock of yellow, or the pink and peach hues of a fragrant sweet pea or honeysuckle plant. Instead, most gardens are a wash of brown, green and beige. So how do you ensure that your garden is colourful all year round?
Despite what you may think, there are a number of plants that bloom during the winter months. They may lack the ‘show off’ appeal of gladioli or petunias, but plants like hellebores (better known as Christmas roses), certain varieties of heather and the purplish pink Daphne mezereum all flower during the months of December, January and February.
An easy and quick fix is to use planters and pots in your garden. You can swap out annuals or any plants that are suffering under the winter conditions for hardier varieties. Adding moss to the surface of a planter can also give an additional burst of vivid green.