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'.
William Wordsworth, please do the honors: I wander'd lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. [...] They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.
Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) A small and graceful tree with glossy leaves that turn red and yellow in autumn. Covered in bell-shaped white flowers in midsummer which hand beneath the branches. Suitable for woodland garden or a shrub border in dappled shade.shelter from cold, drying winds. Prune only to remover badly placed branches in winter.
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.
A vintage country themed Spring wedding at Eastington Park in Gloustershire with a tulip bouquet, a lace gown 8596 by Justin Alexander and bridesmaids in pastel colours
Image by Kate Gray Photography - A vintage country themed Spring wedding at Eastington Park in Gloustershire with a tulip bouquet, a lace gown 8596 by Justin Alexander and bridesmaids in pastel colours
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.