Winter Sweet

Wintersweet (c) Rosemary

While gardeners in mild, frost-free parts of the country can look forward to an abundance of flowers in any month provided heavy rain doesn't batter the blooms too much, those of us in the colder regions have learnt to really appreciate the hardy battlers that bloom on through the frosts. And it most certainly is the frosts that make the difference. I live in Christchurch and Continue Reading

Witch hazels for winter colour

witch-hazel

There's no denying that winter can be a drab time in the garden and that deciduous shrubs and trees can be rather dull at this time of year, but that's no reason to write them off entirely, as so many gardeners seem wont to do. Not only do deciduous shrubs and trees have interesting branch structures — a bonus often overlooked after their autumn colour — some of them flower in Continue Reading