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Sarcococca

Sarcococca

There are plants thoroughly associated with winter: the Christmas tree, of course; the Poinsettia and Hippeastrum, given as presents at Christmas; and after Christmas the heralds of the coming of the spring, the snowdrop. One underrated evergreen, not the holly or the ivy, but the Sarcococca, needs to be more fully appreciated.

Parrotia

Parrotia

Frequently grown as a specimen tree, this genus is valued for its autumn leaf colour, attractive bark and winter flowers, Bethan Norris discovers.

Platanus

Platanus

This tough genus includes trees that can cope with pollution and poor soils but disease and leaf litter are challenges, says Miranda Kimberley.

Galtonia

Galtonia

These lesser-known summer-blooming bulbs feature elegant bell-shaped white and green flowers, says Miranda Kimberley.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Grown as summer bedding or cut flowers, these plants are appealing primarily for their showy flower heads in a variety of colours and forms, says Bethan Norris.

Sorbus

Sorbus

These hardy plants offer year-round interest thanks to their changing leaf colour, bright berries and corymbs of flowers, says Bethan Norris.


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