Boxmoor Direct January 2022 - Page 27

or very early spring so that the new growth is pleasingly vertical . The rich mahogany bark of Prunus serrula , or Tibetan cherry , can look stunning against a backdrop of dark green hedging or the brown leaves of winter beech . Lower to the ground you might consider heuchera such as H . ‘ Forever Red ’ or H . ‘ Paprika ’. Then we have rhododendrons , some of which can be adorned with a blousy show of scarlet this month . Don ’ t forget red-flowering evergreen camellias too – their winter flowers stand out against the dark green foliage .
Create orange and yellow sunshine in the garden With ornamental grasses in borders or pots , January will glow . Clumps of tall miscanthus with its warm , yellow-orange stems and seed heads will look dignified in January , providing structure and colour . Choose an orange-stemmed cornus for vertical accent and dot these plants around in repeated forms to bring the picture together . Plant Eranthis hyemalis , the winter aconite , under deciduous shrubs to create a spreading , golden carpet and consider Mahonia ‘ Winter Sun ’, a magnificent structural shrub with yellow , scented winter flowers to transform a shady corner .
Beat the winter blues with garden blue , indigo and violet Blue fescue is an evergreen grass that can create winter blues and there are plenty of conifers and shrubs with steely-blue foliage to provide structure and colour , including Juniperus ‘ Blue Star ’ and Pittosporum ‘ Wrinkled Blue ’. Eucalyptus gunnii , with its strikingly blue juvenile leaves , can be tamed by clipping for winter beauty . For an indigo or violet hue , consider the conifer Cryptomeria japonica , which turns a pleasing shade of purple in winter . Evergreen heucheras can provide low mounds of purple foliage to line paths and provide a safe haven for wildlife .
Your winter garden is likely to be viewed through glass for much of this month , so help it to come alive with colour !
By Caroline Knight
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