Best plants for winter garden colour
The aptly named Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' is a striking architectural plant. The evergreen shrub produces slender spikes of bright yellow flowers that sit above rosettes of holly-like leaves. It flowers from November through to March providing much needed colour throughout the winter. It prefers to be grown in a full shade to partial shade position.  
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' provides year round interest, the leaves open orange-yellow maturing to pale green in summer. Acer 'Sango-kaku' comes into its own during autumn and winter. Trigged by the first cold spell of autumn the bark turns a vibrant coral pink-red, the striking appearance gives it the name Coral Bark Maple tree. 

Acer Sango Kaku (Coral Bark Maple)
 
Nandina domestica is spectacular at providing winter colour from both its leaves and red berries. This compact, rounded shrub grows full sun or partial shade.
As the colder temperatures set in the pale green summer foliage deepens and the upper leaves develop a fiery red-bronze tint. The berries follow suit changing from pale green to bright red in autumn. Low maintenance shrub grows well in almost any soil types and sun or shade. 
Ilex Nellie Stevens is an evergreen holly with thick glossy leaves, compact shape and vigorous growth. This holly is a self-pollinating variety so each plant will bear abundant bright red berries in autumn. These are pleasing to eye but also provide a great source of food for wildlife. We Ilex Nellie Stevens offer as both a standard tree, pleached tree or a large bush

February 17, 2021 — Jack Warman