Make February, surely the worst gardening month of all, bearable with these lemon flowers that cling to warm-green stems
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: January to March
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Cheerful yellow flowers appear on bare stems in winter and early spring and really brighten up a dark, winter day. This vigorous shrubby climber is easy to grow and easy to train on wires or a trellis, but it looks just as attractive left to scramble freely over low walls. Bright green stems, even in winter, and dark green shoots add to the appeal of this lovely climber. Give it space to express itself and prune regularly.
- Garden care: Prune back after flowering to strong buds or young lower branches. On older plants, cut back about a quarter of the old shoots to the base.
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Q:Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge
Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards TerryAsked on 31/12/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Plants suitable for patio pots
Hello I wanted to enquire if you have a Sarocococca hookeriana var. humilis, I looked online but it's not listed. I am askng for that particular plant, because I only have a patio and want plants that won't grow to an enormous size or require spectacular care. A rosemary and a dwarf syringa I bought from you are doing very well. Plants always arrive in very good condition which I really appreciate. A Myrtus communis subsp. 'Tarentina' which I potted up immediately in a larger pot suffered shock I think, - I wonder what you know about this myrtle? I am wanting to grow plants on a small patio in containers and wonder if the following plants are suitable:- Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (if you have got it) or a Sarcococca hookeriana digyna (which is in your listings). Winter Jasmine, or any of the other Jasmines, Wintersweet, Witchhazel, Abelia grandiflora but would this be too large for my patio- I am thinking of winter cheer with its red berries, and Nandina Domestica. Many thanks BernadetteAsked on 26/7/2009 by Bernadette Matthews
A:Hello Bernadette, I'm afraid we do not sell Sacrocococca hookeriana var. humilis, but the other two we list will be fine in a large pot as long as they are kept well fed and watered. It is my experience that most plants will cope if the pot is big enough and they are well looked after, however larger plants like the Jasminum nudiflorum, Wintersweet, Witchhazel, Abelia or Nandinas will eventually run out of steam and need to be placed into the garden. You should however be able to get a good few years from them. As for the Myrtus, I have not heard that they particularly dislike being moved, but as they are not fully hardy they need protection in winter. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 27/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What climber can I grow in a shady area?
I have a blank wall that only gets sun late afternoon. Can you please advise me what I should choose?Asked on 21/3/2005 by william high
A:There are some lovely climbers that would be suitable for your shady wall. Just click on the link below each plant to find out more about that particular one. 'Lonicera japonica Halliana' - pure white flowers that fade to yellow http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1678&CategoryID= 'Chaenomeles x superba Crimson and Gold' - a wall shrub with red flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=780&CategoryID= 'Jasminum nudiflorum' - wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1667&CategoryID= 'Schizophragma hydrangeoides' - hydrangea-like white flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4374&CategoryID= 'Hedera varieties - evergreen climbers http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/pl/?q=edera 'Garrya elliptica James Roof' - has extra long, silky catkins http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3880&CategoryID= Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris' - climbing hydrangea http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1665&CategoryID= Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=parthenocissusAnswered on 22/3/2005 by Crocus
Q:What can I grow against a north facing wall?
We own a bungalow in the highlands of Scotland which is a holiday home. The front is North Facing on to a natural woodland hill so is quite shady although sheltered. We would like to grow something against the front to provide colour, smell and interest. Can you help?Asked on 6/3/2005 by Pam Lindsay
A:There are a few climbers or wall shrubs that would suit your position (not all are evergreen, but you could mix evergreen with deciduous for more interest): Here are some of the best Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' - creamy white flowers that fade to yellow http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1678&CategoryID= Jasminum nudiflorum - a wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1667&CategoryID= Hedera varieties - tough, evergreen climbers http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/pl/?q=edera Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' - and evergreen wall shrub with extra long silky catkins http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3880&CategoryID= Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris - the climbing hydrangea http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1665&CategoryID= Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=parthenocissusAnswered on 9/3/2005 by Crocus
The following notes can be used as a guide when pruning trees, shrubs and climbers in your garden during the month of March. It's timely advice if you have any of the following in your garden. Abeliophyllum, Artemesia, Brachyglottis, Brunfelsia, BuddlejaRead full article
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