winter shrubWinter gardens would look great with the evergreen plants as well as the large shrubs and these are also favorites among the winter gardeners.

Top of the list of winter-value shrubs is Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’. You will also find February flowers with stunning scent. For a winter garden you may also select growing Sarcococca hookeriana which is tolerant of deep shade. The large gardens will of course embrace the “cartwheel” mahonias (such as ‘Lionel Fortescue’).

Other leafy favourites are Olearia ilicifoliaPittosporum ‘Silver Queen’, ‘Irene Paterson’, or ‘Tom Thumb’, also Drimys winteri,Brachyglottis monroi and Phlomis chrysophylla. The tiny dusky-dull leaves of Corokia ‘Bronze King’ cheer up a boring laurel backdrop.

During winters Stems are important too: in winter, Corokia cotoneaster resembles stark, black, tangled wire-netting. Deciduous Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ dresses its ruby red winter stems with cream-variegated foliage in summer. But the green-leafed varieties have possibly even better winter stems; those of Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ are golden, while C. sibirica ‘Midwinter Fire’ needs no further description.

Some of the other plants that thrive easily during winters include leafy evergreen herbaceous geranium, Libertia ‘Taupo Blaze’, Euphorbia wulfenii and pulmonarias.

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