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Graham’s Favourite Five for March

By 4th March 2020News

Euphorbia ‘Amygaloides purpurea’  also known as Spurge, these plants vary from red to dark purple and bloom during spring. This bushy plant requires full sun and moist soil. If pruning is required it can be carried out in June/July after flowering but take care as the sap from Euphorbia’s can cause irritation.

Prunus ‘Okame’ is a round-headed small deciduous tree/shrub with ovate leaves turning orange and red in Autumn. Single Carmine pink flowers 2cm in width are borne in profusion and are an early source of nectar for bees and other pollinating insects. Can be grown in any aspect whether it be sheltered or exposed in any type of soil. Can be pruned in mid-summer if required.

Corylopsis pauciflora  Winter Hazel’  A lovely deciduous shrub which bears beautiful yellow flowers on bare stems in March-April and another important provider of nectar for early foraging bees and insects. Position this shrub in full or partial sun and prone if needed immediately after flowering.

Skimmea japonica ‘Rubella’  is an interesting shrub all year round, it is evergreen, produces red conical shaped flowerheads around October which are visible throughout winter until early spring when they burst into clusters of white, very fragrant flowers, female varieties may produce berries in Autumn.

Forsythia ‘Goldrausch’  This very decorative shrub produces lots of small yellow flowers on one year growth along bare stems in March /April. An easy to grow plant that requires very little attention and prefers a sunny or semi-shaded spot, it is fully hardy and can be pruned in May after flowers have faded can also be used as a hedge, this is a shrub that is welcome in any garden.

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