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Flowering quince Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl'

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl' - flowering quince

Buy Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl' flowering quince: Peach-pink, double flowers in spring

Chamelaucium uncinatum (Myrtaceae).

Chamelaucium uncinatum (Myrtaceae)

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Holly berries make a tasty treat for thrushes in the winter months, but they're also great for holly blue butterfly caterpillars in the spring #homesfornature

Holly Berry

Holly taken after a dusting of snow

Winter plant pick: Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'). Lovely purple berries persisting through winter  (via Sunset Magazine)

Plants with Ornamental Fall Berries for Tons of Cool-Season Color - Sunset

Loved by birds, these beautiful plants will bejewel your landscape from early autumn well into winter with their decorative fall berries.

Euonymous europaeus aka European Spindle tree (Small) - prettiest winter display posted at Garden Therapy. Just stunning against wintery backdrop.

Euonymous europaeus AKA European Spindle Tree - Garden Therapy

While shopping for interesting foliage to add to my holiday planters and wreaths, I was stopped in my tracks by this interesting beauty: Euonymous europaeus. There are some really fascinating winter blooming plants that I have seen, like witch hazel ‘Diane‘ and white forsythia, but I wasn’t familiar with this one. Turns out these aren’t the blooms at all but the fruit ... Read More about Euonymous europaeus AKA European Spindle Tree

Ceanothus, or California lilacs, may have stems that are too slender for nesting birds, but their blue flowers are great for honeybees and bumblebees #homesfornature

Ceanothus, or California lilacs, may have stems that are too slender for nesting birds, but their blue flowers are great for honeybees and bumblebees #homesfornature

Chaenomeles × superba 'Pink Lady', flowering quince. Delightful, dark pink, cup-shaped flowers from March to May, followed by aromatic, green fruit, and glossy, oval, mid-green leaves. This fabulous flowering quince is perfect for training against a wall or fence in sun or partial shade. Flowering earlier than other varieties, it provides valuable early spring colour for a moderately fertile, well-drained site.

Chaenomeles × superba 'Pink Lady', flowering quince. Delightful, dark pink, cup-shaped flowers from March to May, followed by aromatic, green fruit, and glossy, oval, mid-green leaves. This fabulous flowering quince is perfect for training against a wall or fence in sun or partial shade. Flowering earlier than other varieties, it provides valuable early spring colour for a moderately fertile, well-drained site.

Our resident wildlife-gardening expert, Adrian Thomas, has discovered a new plant with some serious pulling power with pollinating insects - we give you the deutzia! #homesfornature

Bumblebee bonanza - Gardening for wildlife - Homes for Wildlife

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Daphne

How to grow daphnes

Learn how to grow daphne in your garden with the RHS expert guide on choosing, planting, feeding, pruning and propagating plants.

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei', flowering quince. Ornamental quinces bring a welcome flush of colour to the garden in spring, when their bare twigs are smothered in flowers before the glossy, dark green leaves appear. 'Moerloosei' is later flowering than other varieties and has cup-shapedd, white flowers flushed with dark pink, from March to May followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit.

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei', flowering quince. Ornamental quinces bring a welcome flush of colour to the garden in spring, when their bare twigs are smothered in flowers before the glossy, dark green leaves appear. 'Moerloosei' is later flowering than other varieties and has cup-shapedd, white flowers flushed with dark pink, from March to May followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit.

laurustinus 'Eve Price'

Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' | laurustinus 'Eve Price'/RHS Gardening

Find help & information on Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' laurustinus 'Eve Price' from the RHS

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens', purple sage. Lilac-blue flowers in early to mid-summer and aromatic red-purple young leaves maturing to grey-green. Purple sage looks stunning planted next to golden oregano in a sunny herb garden. Freshly chopped leaves can be used to make stuffings, herb tea and sage butter. A useful and attractive container plant for a sunny site.

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens', purple sage. Lilac-blue flowers in early to mid-summer and aromatic red-purple young leaves maturing to grey-green. Purple sage looks stunning planted next to golden oregano in a sunny herb garden. Freshly chopped leaves can be used to make stuffings, herb tea and sage butter. A useful and attractive container plant for a sunny site.

White Forsythia Plant with almond scented flowers. Flowers in February. height: 1-2m

White Forsythia Plant with almond scented flowers. Flowers in February. height: 1-2m

Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana, skimmia (berry-bearing). A dome-shaped, evergreen shrub with narrow, tapered dark green leaves which are slightly aromatic. In mid- to late spring, fragrant white flowers, sometimes tinged pink or red, open from red buds on dense panicles. In autumn, bright red berries are produced, often lasting well in to winter. This attractive evergreen is a hermaphrodite, so you will not need a pollinating partner to produce the berries.

Buy Japanese skimmia (hermaphrodite) Skimmia japonica subsp. 'reevesiana'

Buy Japanese skimmia (hermaphrodite) Skimmia japonica subsp. 'reevesiana'

Ribes sanguineum White Icicle. (Flowering currant 'White Icicle'), flowers in spring

Ribes sanguineum 'White Icicle' Flowering currant Care Plant Varieties & Pruning Advice

Find help and information on Ribes sanguineum 'White Icicle' Flowering currant, including varieties and pruning advice. Click here to find out more.