As we move into December it is not all doom and gloom, you can still find many colourful surprises in the winter garden.
Foliage fades, the last of the leaves drop and seed heads take centre stage.
The milder than usual weather has certainly confused many plants and so there has been an abundance of late flowering colour and second flushes. Roses, daisies, osteospermum, antirrhinums, hibiscus, calendula, cosmos and even my zinnias have finally put in an appearance! Better late than never.
There are tremendous amount of stunning shrubs and trees in full flower or berry at the moment. Berries are a great source of food for birds and other wildlife so try to introduce a berry-laden new tree or shrub into your winter garden.
So many shrubs can light up your fading garden with colour and scent. Some of my favourites include: winter jasmine, Solanum laxum 'Album' potato vine, mahonia, Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King,' Cotoneaster lacteus, Fatsia japonica, Hylotelephium spectabile formerly known as sedum, Abutilon and the highly scented Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’.