Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun' prefers shade and delivers bold spikes of bright yellow flowers from Nov to March. It is a big plant, up to 5m x 4m, if not pruned back. Best planted with other shrubs in front to hide its 'legs'.
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii - Sought after for their white bark, the colour of which develops fully when the tree is around 8 years old, and their dark green leaves that turn butter-yellow in autumn, this elegant tree will also produce yellowy brown catkins in spring. These trees have been cut back when young to create three separate stems.
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' - This deciduous shrub has oval, mid-green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the brilliant, flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves, which turn orange-yellow in autumn.
Sometimes called Lady's Fingers, Birdsfoot Trefoil is a common perennial which thrives in short grassland and on roadsides. It is often found with clovers in pastures and is very drought-resistant. The flower heads (up to 15 mm long) are made up of 4 to 6 yellow flowers on long stalks and sometimes streaked with red.