Don’t have the Winter Blues

There are many ways to have a great looking winter garden, we have written some tips to get you started.

We hope that they help you enjoy a fabulous looking garden this winter.

Winter Blues.

Blue and silver plants tend to be plants we associate with sunny conditions and warm weather; however they can look most effective in the winter garden, contrasting with darker evergreens and bare stems of deciduous shrubs. They look particularly striking on winter mornings with a dusting of frost highlighting their shapes.

Conifers. The Junipers have a number of excellent blue coloured varieties, such as Juniperus chinensis Pyramidalis  –  a neat columnar shape, slow growing to 2m(6ft) and  Juniperus  scopulorum Blue Arrow or Skyrocket that are both narrow, pencil – slim varieties that create a great focal point or a contrast to other shapes in the garden.

Blue Spruces or Picea pungens are classic, graceful silver- blue conifers that look at their best in the winter garden. They grow to about 10ft in a regular conical shape.

Foliage. There are  some blue or silver leafed plants that are evergreen and add a different colour to the borders in the winter, for example the wonderfully dramatic Cardoon (Cynara  cardunculus) that will produce new silver leaves throughout the winter if it has been cut down to ground level at the end of its summer flowering season. It will then eventually develop into an impressive 2m (6ft) high specimen in the summer.

Other  hardy evergreens  with blue- silver foliage are Brachyglottis,  Santolina chamaecyparis, Helichysum italicum and some of the smaller hebes, such as Hebe pinguifolia Pagei  and Hebe Albicans. Another good source of both colour and form is the blue grass, Festuca “Elijah Blue”, that forms a neat tussock and looks good planted in groups in an open sunny site.

Flowers. One of the few splashes of true blue in the garden through the winter is the good old favourites Pansies and Violas. Keep dead -heading them and they will reward you by producing flowers in all but the coldest spells. Iris unguicularis, the Winter Iris will produce violet-blue flowers during mild periods between November and March. The first plant to show its colours at the end of the winter and early spring is the dainty, daisy- flowered Anemone blanda, this is a plant for a dry and sunny site.

Come in to any of our centres to see the wide range of hardy garden plants that are available all year round and we will be happy to advise you on your requirements for your garden or GET IN TOUCH.

See you soon

The Park Garden Centres Team

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