Berberis thungbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Rose glow’ – Rose Garden
Common name – Japanese barberry. Native to Japan and Asia. This small deciduous Berberis has young purple leaves, maturing to a marbled pink and white which back to purple later in the season. Small delicate looking flowers are produced in spring followed by the shiny red fruits.
Cornus alba ‘Gouchaultii’ – Rose Garden
Common name – Mottled Dogwood. Native to China and Korea. This deciduous dogwood is known for its pink and yellow edge on the variegated light green leaves. Small yellow/white flowers are produced in the spring followed by blue/white berries in summer. Once the leaves have fallen in autumn the amazing red stems are revealed showing the erect stem structure. The red stems stand out even more when they have a dark backdrop. The older stems are a deep crimson red and the young growth is a bright pink, turning red as it ages. This shrub is known for suckering so keep an eye out for this when pruning in early spring.
Sinacalia tangutica – Cottage garden
Native to China. This deciduous perennial produces large drifts of small, erect yellow flowers on dark stems. The large green leaves are coarse and have a dark petiole. The seed heads look great in the winter frost. This is a very invasive species and has a strong creeping rootstock and is perhaps better suited to a wild part of the garden.
Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’ – Cottage Garden
Native to China and Japan. This herbaceous perennial is normally chosen for its bold, dark kidney shaped leaves with their deep purple leaf veining which contrast nicely with the orange flowers. The foliage can be prone to slug damage so be vigilant during the summer. I have chosen this flower now for its seed head.
Glycyrrhiza glabra – Herb Garden
Native to Africa and Asia. A perennial herb known for its sweetness, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar. Cultivated as a crop plant, the rhizomes are harvested and the juice extracted before being concentrated by boiling. The solid extract is used in confectionery, such as traditional liquorice sticks and is also used in cough mixtures, medical teas, drinks, tobacco and as a sweetener. The hairy stems are slightly sticky and the leaves are divided into parallel leaflets. The flowers are a pale blue to violet and resemble a sweet pea flower. The fruits are reddish brown and form a spiked ball when dried.
Viburnum x bodnantense – Nuttery
This deciduous shrub is grown for its winter flowering. It produces small white-pink flowers in clusters and is best placed in sun with a hedge backdrop or amongst other coloured winter stems. If planted in too much shade it will just grow towards the light and become straggly. When young, its habit is to grow very straight and erect but as it ages it will begin to arch downwards creating a nice shape and display of flowers.