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Bring colour into the garden this Christmas

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 9:11am

Margaret Griffin

We all love to freshen up our pots for this time of the year. The pots at the front door are the first impression your visitors will have of your home when they visit at Christmas.

So once we have decked our homes with magical Christmas decorations, we should stand outside and look at our front door and patio area.

Weeping Cotoneasters

The perfect centre piece would be the Weeping Cotoneaster. This is one of the hardiest trees that can be grown in a pot for a number of years. Flowering is spectacular-the white open booms clustered densely in flattened heads, while the berries which follow are among the largest in the genus, pea-size and a conspicuous shade of vivid red in autumn and all winter.

Sweet Christmas box

I find Sarcococca grows very well in sunshine, as long as you mulch your plants well during winter and this will keep your plants in good condition even in a very dry spell.

It's best to plant a group of these plants together, preferably close to patios and front doors. I love using green and white in gardens, particularly in those awkward shady corners, or under the dappled light from overhanging trees. Reliable evergreens are always the basis of my planting and if I had to pick just one dwarf evergreen shrub it would always be Sarcococca confusa, the Christmas box.

This lovely little shrub forms a dense clump of suckering stems reaching 60-80cm in height. The small, shining evergreen leaves are deep holly green and are gently waved, catching the light from all directions.

Sarcococca never gets too tall and never needs pruning. In mid to late winter, tiny white flowers appear; they may not be showy, but they will fill the air with their powerful sweet fragrance.

If you would like Griffins Design team to create a wow at your front door, bring your empty pots to Griffins and we will plant up a colourful creation while you have a cuppa.

Enjoy great offers in store this Black Friday with 50 per cent off selected pots, spring flowering bulbs, and off selected table cloths and cushions. For more information from Griffins Garden Centre, phone 021-7334286.

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