FLOWERING CALENDAR

It is possible to have a floral display in the open all the year round by growing shrubs, herbaceous plants, bulbs and annuals of one sort or another as the following selection will show. With very few exceptions, this does not take account of rockery specimens or alpines. Neither is it a colour guide, for so many plants have varieties of differing colours that it would not be helpful. Such variations are given in the general alphabetic descriptions.

November-December-January:

During the wintry months, main reliance for display must be on the flowering shrubs, which, with some bulbs, notably Iris reticulata, Iris histrioides major, various wild or ‘species’ crocus, snowdrops and aconites, the last-named yellow with a green fringe of leaf-cup, give a splash of colour even in the hardest weather; the yellow of winter jasmine and the richly-scented white clusters of Viburnum Jragrans, the clusters of yellow Hamamelis and the scented yellow blossom of Chimonanthus Jragrans. Then there are the rich red berries of holly and Cotoneaster horizontalis, the Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) ; in not too severe winters the blue and white of chionodoxa, the varied blossom and bronze leaves of lonicera, and petasites (winter heliotrope), white.

As the year advances, the selection increases until spring and summer bring a considerable choice in colour, height and beauty of foliage and blossom. The selection given will provide a satisfying variety, yet leaving very many others, well known and not so well known, from which to choose according to personal preferences:

February:

Bellis (Daisy)

Bulbocodium vernum

Primrose

Violet

Crocus

Wallflower

Arabis

Primula

Doronicum

Forsythia Magnolia Almond

Rhododendron praecox Camellia

April:

Aethionema

Corydalis

Erythronium

Aubrietia

Narcissi

Tulips

Hyacinths

Forget-me-not

Polyanthus

Amelanchier canadensis Ribes (Flowering

Currant) Viburnum burkwoodii Osmarea Osmanthus May:

Aconitum

Anchusa

Aquilegia

Arabis

Asphodel

Dicentra

Dictamnus

Heuchera

Fritillaria

Cytisus Deutzia Weigela Rhododendron Syringa (Lilac) Tamarisk Laburnum Berberis Darwinii Berberisyunnanensis

It should be emphasized that these flowering periods fluctuate according to district climatic conditions and the mellowness or bleakness of prea-vil-ing temperatures, and whether, in the case of shrubs and perennials, they have been divided in autumn or spring; autumn is often better as progress is not retarded.

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