Winter cheer / by claire greener

In the grey of winter these other worldly looking flowers make your soul sing.   The colour and scent of the witch hazel at this time of year heralds spring and makes you hope of more good things in the garden.    Strangely,  these early months are becoming among my favourite in the garden, and the plants I am chosing at home are becoming more geared to bringing cheer and scent at this otherwise seemingly dormant, dark time of year.  

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Jelena' - a beautiful 'rust' coloured witch hazel shining out in the gloom.

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Jelena' - a beautiful 'rust' coloured witch hazel shining out in the gloom.

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida' - probably the finest scent I've come across - and the yellow is a knock out punch