It’s always lovely to find inspiring plants at this time of year, the coloured stems and interesting shapes of dogwoods and ornamental brambles look particularly good on bright winter days.
This is Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ 1.5m high x 80cm tall.
It prefers damp soil and will grow in part-shade but it’s best planted where it will glow in winter sunshine.
It’s the young stems that have the brightest colours, so prune in spring (once the plant is established) to encourage lots of new growth.
Cornus sericea ‘Budds Yellow’ 1.5 high x 1.5m wide.
Wouldn’t these would look lovely planted against a dark background.
Rubus biflorus 2.5 x 4 m high and wide.
This is an ornamental bramble, originally from the Himalayas, it’s dramatic outline is perfect for the wilder areas of the garden. Prune as above, for those stark, white stems.
This picture shows all the shrubs grouped together, the green plant in the foreground is Libertia grandiflora.
They look good together don’t they, but look even more striking when planted in larger numbers to form big drifts.
If space is tight and you really want coloured stems, go for the Cornus and plant one as a focal point or a group of three of the same type.
If you feel that your garden is a bit dull at this time of year, have fun planting some of these. Just make sure you have a sunny spot and the right type of soil.