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January plant of the moment

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Create a winter wonderland

Temperatures may be plummeting this month but you can still keep your garden full of colour and interest by choosing striking hardy plants that put on their best show in the depths of winter.
Gold blooms really shine on gloomy days, so look out for dramatic Witch Hazels that produce clusters of small fragrant flowers with petals like dainty ribbons. Evergreen mahonias are equally impressive, with golden sprays of flowers forming at the tip of each shoot. At the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show the RHS chose Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ as its Plant of the Year, so you may want to try this variety in your winter garden.
Many winter flowering shrubs add a wonderful fragrance to your outdoor space. For long-lasting displays it’s hard to beat varieties of Viburnum x bodnantense that produce a succession of flowers from October until spring.
For a shady site take a look at the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger, a low-growing and compact perennial with simple white cup-shaped flowers that can be picked and floated on water in a glass bowl.
There’s also a wide range of conifers and evergreen shrubs that provide bold forms and fancy foliage in winter. Look out for plants with colourful wand-like stems and dainty tassel-like catkins, as well as ornamental trees with tactile barks.
Visit your local Homebase store for our full range of winter plants and create your very own winter wonderland this January

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