Here are a few ideas of what we can plant to keep our gardens interesting in late February early March. Easy Instant Colour Now The snowdrops are out, the bluebells have come through the ground and in some places the Daff and Narcissi stalks have also appeared.
|Corylus avellana maxima purpurea|
Equally eye catching are the red winter catkins on the purple Hazel (Corylus avellana maxima purpurea). Not only does it have deep coloured long catkins in late winter early spring the foliage in the summer is a magnificent deep purple. I’ve found this a very easy shrub to grow. I think it looks interesting if you plant it with green Hazel and enjoy both colours side by side. Catkins bring a bit of character to the border so why not also consider planting Pussy Willows or Garrya Elipticas.
Early Flowering Clematis Early Clematis definitely deserves an acknowledgement. Early flowering varieties like Wisley Cream, with lime green nodding flower heads and Freckles with interesting speckled spotted flowers and evergreen foliage. Macropeta varieties like the variety ‘Purple Spider’ scramble beautifully through a hedge and flower effortlessly with little maintenance each spring, providing a profusion of little alpine flowers. Suffice to say the colour is out there. There are some really good plants that are worth adding to your borders, often overlooked because they may blend in during the warmer months and be overshadowed. Winter borders can be outstandingly beautiful with subtle beauty encompassing shapes and colour and character.