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Evergreen foliage in winter (updated)

Wednesday, 11 Jan 12 Windy 10°C / 50°F

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Every year the Winter interest aspect of the garden fills out a little more to the point where there is now something looking good in every bed, border or large tub. I love the way their colours and shapes become so noticeable when all else is dormant. I think I finally have the balance right so that there is a good amount of evergreens but they have enough range that they fit well with the plants that grow in other seasons and don’t dominate.

I was out the other day and noticed one daffodil already forming a blower bud, several cyclamen doing the same, small daisies, and violas in flower and more flowers on the Claire Austin rose than it had during Summer!

The snowdrops have started to push up and should be in flower soon. By far the most reliable performer this year has been Lamium Roseum which has literally flowered non stop since late Spring last year, it must be a blessing for all manner of insects. Actually, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ has also flowered no stop since March. Great value, even though they are short lived they do well from cuttings so I should have lots bushing out this year.

Shown below are just some of the many plants I grow to keep the garden from being bald through winter.


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Day 863

Heather - Erica carnea 'Aurea'


Fairly sure this is ‘Aurea’ but mixed up the labels. Gets even brighter in Summer

Day 972

Lonicera henryi (Evergreen Honeysuckle)

Lonicera henryi


Very bushy this winter and actively growing through with the mild weather.

Day 1290

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' (Mexican orange 'Aztec Pearl')

Choisya ternata


Noticed flower buds even in December. The leaves are a darker green in Winter.

Day 498

Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium


Has been increasing it’s Winter leaves for some time

Day 294

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' (Wallflower 'Bowles' Mauve')

Erysimum bicolor

too windy for clear shot but this is still flowering, non-stop since March 2011

Day 291

Sedum sediforme 'Kent Belle'

Sedum sediforme

Day 5324

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Rosmarinus officinalis

Day 112

Heucherella Golden Zebra

X heucherella

To windy to get image focussed. Great Winter colour on this young plug plant.

Day 112

Heuchera Electra


To windy to get image focussed. Great Winter colour on this young plug plant.

Day 849

Heuchera americana 'Dale's Strain'

Heuchera americana

Mostly stays green but a little colour creeps in each season on older leaves.

Day 302

Lamium maculatum 'Roseum' (Spotted dead nettle 'Roseum' ) (divided)

Lamium maculatum

Non stop flowers

Day 302

Lamium maculatum 'Roseum' (Spotted dead nettle 'Roseum' ) (divided)

Lamium maculatum

Leaves hug the ground in WInter

Day 1367

Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'

Skimmia japonica

several colours through the winter leaves

Day 911

Akebia Quinata - Chocolate vine

Akebia quinata

Bit battered by wind but still nice

Day 1351

Epimedium Unknown - pale yellow


old leaves are red, young one are green

Day 223

Rainbow Chard - Organic - *Suitable for tubs*

Beta vulgaris var. cicla

Jolly all Winter long

Day 1320

Senecio 'Sunshine'

Brachyglottis dunedin group

Senecio above young box hedge edging

Day 986

Clematis 'Early Sensation' - no prune


Lovely leaf shape

Day 1057

Eucalyptus gunnii (Cider gum)


The stems become redder in Winter

Day 1415

Helichrysum 'Ruby Cluster' (Straw flower 'Ruby Cluster')


A bold bunch of winter foliage on the end of the smaller raised bed

Day 484

Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum' (Variegated wallflower)

Erysimum linifolium

Foliage is appreciating the mild temperatures

Day 5123

Camellia - Unknown white and pink flowers

Camellia japonica

shiny winter foliage

Day 2828

Rhododendron - unkown, pink flowers

Day 1367

Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'

Skimmia japonica

buds already

Day 972

Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

Pieris japonica

Bright winter leaves on this ever changing Pieris.


  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    I know I made a similar comment on your blog, but I’ll say it again … lovely evergreens and that Cyclamen foliage is just terrific.

    Posted on 12 Jan 12 (over 3 years ago)

  • CDfolia

    CDfolia wrote:

    Thanks B, I can’t sleep because the gale is so loud and shaking the house so I’ve been updating with lots more of the winter plants. It’s just a shame that so many of the photos are blurry because of the wind.

    Posted on 12 Jan 12 (over 3 years ago)

  • SneIrish

    SneIrish wrote:

    Beautiful! Great plant choices. I picked up a ‘Bowles Mauve’ the end of last summer and had it in a container. I do hope it comes back again. And isn’t Pieris wonderful! One of my favorites here.

    Posted on 12 Jan 12 (over 3 years ago)

  • orientallily

    orientallily wrote:

    That cyclamen foliage is lovely. Really, really nice.

    Posted on 12 Jan 12 (over 3 years ago)

  • seeingreen

    seeingreen wrote:

    A lovely, lovely mix of greenery (and silver). Where do you grow your cyclamen and what soil conditions?

    Posted on 13 Jan 12 (over 3 years ago)

  • CDfolia

    CDfolia wrote:

    I’ve got several cyclamen in different places but that particular one, which is the best one, is growing in a shady spot that is open but gets almost no direct sun. The soil has a lot of organic matter and is mulched yearly so it’s fairly good at holding moisture in the drier months but it’s also on a slight slope which helps with drainage so it doesn’t sit in water in wet spells. The cheaper ones I bought (in garden centre multi-pack) nearly all died or performed badly in similar situations so I definitely think it was worth paying for a better quality plant in this instance.

    Posted on 14 Jan 12 (over 3 years ago)

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