This time of year, with many flowering plants laying dormant, our gardens can tend to look a little drab. And after a cold and snowy January, we’re all yearning for a bit of colour!
With the weekend approaching, and the ground now starting to soften and warm up, it’s a good time to get those wellies on, don the gloves and plant some late winter flowering shrubs that provide that splash of colour we all crave.
Hamamelis x intermedia, commonly known as Witch Hazel, is a wonderful deciduous shrub that produces an abundance of attractive spidery flowers. These appear as clusters on bare stems from late winter to spring, and then produce pleasant red and yellow foliage in the autumn.
Hamamelis x intermedia is fully hardy, can thrive in full sun or partial shade and likes an acid to neutral soil. It can also grow up to 4m high by 4 m wide.
There are a number of varieties available with colours ranging from acid yellows to coppery oranges to vibrant reds.
Their slow growth habit makes them an excellent container plant, which means they can easily be moved to a prominent position as and when in flower.
At Perrywood we have a number of varieties available:
- Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jermyns Gold’
- Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Vesna’
- Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’
- Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’
- Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Sunburst’
- Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Livia’
- Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Wisley Supreme’