Plants for February Interest

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Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'

Betula utilis ‘Doorenbos is a fantastic medium sized tree which not only add height to a garden but also adds interest year-round with catkins in spring and lush green foliage in summer adding interest in the autumn with vibrant white bark all year.
It is a great cultivar offering pyramidal shape as well as creamy white bark.
Can be grown to suit all garden designs. Perfect as a single stem or as an impressive multi-stemmed plant. Betula utilis ‘Doorenbos’ AGM

Erysimum Bowles Mauve (2)

Erysimum 'Bowles' Mauve

Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ is an evergreen perennial shrub that brings early interest in the year.
A shortlisted Chelsea plant of the century as well as being a reliable go too plant for decades.
Great as an early food source for insects, it adds life to the garden when most other plants are yet to start their growth. Can be grown in mixed planting, pots and rock gardens. Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ AGM

Forsythia Lynwood

Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood'

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood’ is a deciduous shrub and has an upright erect habit.
With dark Leaves that are toothed ovate to lance shaped that are sometimes 3 lobed. The flowers are large, rich yellow and slightly fragrant with a pendula cross shape, that are born in two’s or three’s on last year’s new growth before the leaves burst in late winter. Good informal hedge adding a bright yellow hit to a late winter afternoon and a Great food source for early insects, dense branches are also a good shelter for overwintering birds and animals. Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood’ AGM

Hypericum Hidcote

Hypericum 'Hidcote'

Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ is an evergreen to semi evergreen shrub that forms mounds up to 1.2m tall. Very easy to grow it is great as a mixed planting structural plant, as well as a low informal hedge. Flowers from Summer through to Autumn with flowers being followed by red to black berries that are a great food source for birds. Berries can persist right into February if birds don’t get to them first. Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ AGM

Ophiopogon Nigrescens (2)

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ is a none evasive slow growing ground cover forming evergreen that can densely fill an area, working as a natural weed suppressant. Looks great grown with taller lighter coloured grasses and shrubs especially Hamamelis in winter months.
Can be grown also as a container plant or in a rock garden. Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ AGM

Phormium Sundowner

Phormium tenax 'Sundowner'

Phormium tenax ‘Sundowner’ is an evergreen perennial with erect bronze green striped leaves with margins of red and pink creating a dramatic statement as a feature plant or within a mixed border. Happy to grow in any well drained soil including coastal settings in full sun to part shade and hardy to -10. A very versatile plant to add interest and structure all year round. Low maintenance not requiring any pruning apart from removing old or damaged leaves.