Published by David Keegan 1 month ago
this time of the year when it’s cold grey damp and miserable outside it may seem
there's not a lot happening in the garden. In fact, at this time of the year
the garden is filled with the scent of viburnum, witch hazel and Sarcococca to
name but a few. Coupled with this there is a profusion of winter flowering
bulbs with daffodils now also beginning to poke through the soil. Multi award
winning garden designer David Keegan gives us the lowdown on what to look out
for in the winter garden.
deciduous shrub boasts bright yellow flowers that bloom in winter, adding a
cheerful touch to the garden. Its vigorous growth habit makes it an excellent
choice for ground cover or cascading over walls.
for its intensely fragrant, creamy-white flowers, winter honeysuckle blooms
from late winter to early spring. Its sweet scent attracts pollinators, and the
plant is valued for its adaptability and ease of cultivation.
with its spiky evergreen leaves, produces fragrant yellow flowers in winter.
This shrub provides both texture and colour during the colder months, and some
varieties bear attractive blue-black berries.
is a hardy evergreen that adds texture and a pop of colour to winter gardens.
With varieties that bloom in shades of pink, purple, and white, heather thrives
in acidic soils and is a great choice for adding ground cover.
deciduous holly species is renowned for its vibrant red berries, which persist
through the winter. The berries not only provide a burst of colour but also
serve as a valuable food source for birds.
are resilient annuals that can withstand cold temperatures. Their vibrant and
cheerful faces add a splash of colour to winter beds, containers, or borders,
making them a popular choice for winter interest.
with its unique and attractive flowers, is a bulbous perennial that blooms in
late winter. The nodding flowers come in shades of pink, red, and white,
providing a charming accent to shaded areas.
its name suggests, the Christmas Rose produces white or pink flowers during the
winter months. This evergreen perennial thrives in shaded areas and is known
for its early bloom.
testament to the resilience of nature, the winter garden is also adorned with a
profusion of blooms provided by winter-flowering bulbs. Award winning garden
designer David Keegan sheds light on the charming interplay of colours and
textures brought forth by these resilient plants. As daffodils begin to poke
through the soil, signaling the arrival of spring, David's insights guides us
in appreciating the subtle nuances of these early bloomers, adding a burst of
vibrancy to the winter palette.
are among the first to bloom, often appearing even in late winter. Their pure
white, drooping flowers are a symbol of the approaching spring. These bulbs
naturalize well and can form lovely carpets of white.
come in various colours, including shades of purple, yellow, and white. They
bloom early in the year, sometimes even pushing through the snow, and provide a
delightful burst of colour.
bright yellow, cup-shaped flowers, winter aconite is a charming bulb that
blooms in late winter. It's known for its resilience and ability to thrive in
small but vibrant irises bloom in late winter to early spring, offering shades
of blue, purple, and yellow. They are well-suited for rock gardens or as
accents in containers.
you've already mentioned daffodils, it's worth highlighting their importance.
Daffodils come in various shapes and sizes, and their cheerful yellow, white,
or orange blooms signal the transition from winter to spring.
squill produces small, star-shaped flowers in shades of blue. These hardy bulbs
naturalize easily and create a carpet of blue blooms in late winter.
the name suggests, glory of the snow produces star-shaped flowers in shades of
blue, pink, or white. These bulbs bloom early in the year, often before the
snow fully melts.
this article has
inspired you the reader to get out and discover how the winter garden
transforms from a seemingly dormant landscape into a captivating haven of
scents and colours. As a garden designer embracing this diverse array of
winter-flowering plants and bulbs, plays an important part of DK Garden Designs
philosophy of weaving together a tapestry of plants that captivates the senses
and nurtures the soul. As we navigate the cold months, let us draw inspiration
from award winning garden designer David Keegan's expertise and infuse our
gardens with the magic of winter blooms and scents. Should you need help
planning the design of your garden to include winter colours and scent why not
use the contact
form at this link to get in touch with the team at DK Garden Design
4 years ago, By David Keegan
I came across this preface I wrote for a book on garden structure and designs in 2013 and thought it worth reposting...
4 years ago, By David Keegan
In my work as a professional garden designer, I hear the same story time after time when I first meet with prospective...