Plants for winter interest

1 Edgeworthia chrysantha

Native to woodlands in the Himalayas and China
Closely related to Daphne
Strong clove scented flowers on bare stems in late winter
Used in the far-east for production of high quality paper for many centuries
Plant in a sheltered spot

2 Lonicera fragrantissima

Flowers November – March, scented, easy, 5-6 foot shrub. Sun or semi shade

3 Mahonia ‘Charity’

Yellow scented flowers late winter. Sun or semi shade. 6 foot + evergreen

4 Sarcococca confusa

Small white scented flowers February . Sun or semi shade. 4-5 foot evergreen shrub

5 Iris unguicularis

Low growing perennial, evergreen leaves, large blue flowers all winter – sun

6 Hepatica nobilis

Very low growing, evergreen attractive foliage, bright blue flowers late winter/ early spring – shade
The woodland floor in the Pyrenees is covered in these lovely plants.

7 Cyclamen coum

Very low growing, attractive foliage, fink flowers late winter/ early spring – shade / semi shade

8 Arabis

9 Begenia cordifolia

10 Pulmonaria

11 Helleborus