It is possible to have a floralin the open all the year round by growing shrubs, herbaceous plants, bulbs and 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.
During the wintry months, main reliance formust be on the , which, with some bulbs, notably reticulata, Iris histrioides major, various wild or ‘species’ crocus, snowdrops and aconites, the last-named yellow with a green fringe of -cup, give a splash of colour even in the hardest weather; the yellow of winter jasmine and the richly-scented white clusters of Jragrans, the clusters of yellow and the scented yellow blossom of Jragrans. Then there are the rich red berries of holly and Cotoneaster horizontalis, the Christmas rose ( ) ; in not too severe winters the blue and white of chionodoxa, the varied blossom and bronze 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:
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Cytisus Deutzia Weigela( ) 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.