December

 

Clematis urophylla 'Winter Beauty'

A star performer for the winter months bringing scent and colour to the garden from December through to the end of March. This superb evergreen clematis has delicate, waxy, bell-shaped flowers with lush foliage. This variety likes a sheltered site with some winter protection. Grows up to 4m high with a spread of 1.2m. It requires very little pruning other than to remove diseased, damaged congested or crossing shoots.

Clematis Winter Beauty_1.jpg
Clematis Winter Beauty_2.jpg

 

Ilex aquifolium 'Bacciflava'

This is an unusual female holly which grows into a large upright arching shrub which bears clusters of creamy yellow berries that last well into winter. The fruits add colour to the garden at a dreary time of year whilst being a good source of food for birds. It has small white flowers in April and May. Ilex is a useful evergreen for any garden - it requires minimal pruning and is tolerant of most soil conditions and aspects. 

ilex aquifolium Bacciflava
Ilex aquifolium Bacciflava