Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'
This witch hazel has a glorious display of orange flowers in the depth of winter which also release a subtle citrusy perfume. During the growing season, the large, green leaves turn to a stunning shade of orange and red for a fabulous autumn display. Once the leaves have fallen you are left with a beautiful, architectural wide vase on which the profusion of orange flowers are borne from January to February. Tolerant of most soil conditions other than chalk, this shrub is also fully hardy. Allow it plenty of space to spread as it can potentially reach 4 x4 m when mature.
Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'
A majestic shrub that bears clusters of small, deep pink flowers which are strongly scented from January to February. The flowers are followed by rounded, purple-black berries. This semi-evergreen shrub thrives in a sunny, sheltered position. It is slow growing, but well worth having and it is particular lovely when planted near a path so that the scent can be appreciated. It ultimately grows to 1.5m wide by 4m high and requires minimal pruning.