The approach of the festive season can leave us struggling to find a Christmas gift that will be well received, but if you have a gardener in your life, buying for them couldn’t be easier – get them something connected to their hobby.
Whether it is unusual seeds, garden tools, propagation equipment, watering kit, pots and ornaments or the ultimate essentials like good quality compost, then there is plenty of choice at garden centres and on-line.
But for me there is no better gift than a hardy plant, something that will grow and give pleasure from year to year and remind the recipient of you. And if you can choose something that flowers around Christmas, during the darkest days of the year, then all the better. Here are 6 of my favourite winter-flowering plants that are perfect for giving to a novice or well-seasoned gardener.
Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ – clusters of fragrant pink flowers on a deciduous, upright shrub.
Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ – shrubby honeysuckle with masses of flowers cream-yellow flowers on bare branches.
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis‘ – small cherry tree, producing a succession of pretty pink blossom in winter.
Iris unguicularis – clump-forming perennial which produces exquisite, fragrant flowers during the shortest days.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ – fragrant pink flowers held over evergreen foliage in January.
Clematis cirrhosa baleraica – climber with maroon spotted, cream bells over dark ferny foliage
And if you’re really not sure of what to get then a Garden Gift Voucher is the perfect solution, available on-line or at garden centres nationwide. Every gardener I know would be happy to get one!