Cold and short and dull days coming ahead and this gives you a better chance of bringing a little light into the life of the winter garden.

You must be aware of the winter jasmine(Jasminum nudiflorum) with its typical lovely yellow blooms appear long before the plant’s leaves. The scented Daphne mezereum, whose sweet, fragrant flowers seem to thrive in February’s bitter frosts, is also a great option worth trying this winter season in your garden.

For ground cover, consider winter-flowering heathers and hellebores, bulbs like Cyclamen coum, snowdrops, winter aconites, dwarf daffodils and the white wood anemones.

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is one of the standalone and would prove to be the most favorites for forthcoming winters.Even the Royal Horticultural Society recognises the fact : “There are few outdoor plants that flower from autumn through to spring and hardly any that match Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’. This strong-growing upright shrub can reach 10ft in height. The small clusters of heavily scented flowers fade from pink to white and are most abundantly produced during milder periods.”

It’s a stunning deciduous shrub whose burnished bronze autumn is followed by those amazing fragrant blooms, the first of which usually appear in mid-October. In a good year, the flowering will go on and on – right through until March. The flowers are frost resistant and are long-lasting as cut flowers for indoors.

Because it flowers on bare stems, it’s best planted against an evergreen background .Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ can become the star of the winter garden.

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