Flowering Evergreen Plants
Evergreen plants are the ‘backbone’ of the garden providing structure, especially during the winter months, when deciduous plants are taking a much needed dormant break from their performance throughout the other seasons of the year. When considering your choices, give some thought to some of the evergreens which have the added benefit of beautiful flowers.
Top of the ‘tree’ at the moment has to be Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’ with enormous, cup shaped cream blooms, 30cm wide, which are followed by cone shaped fruits. Set against the glossy, dark green foliage, this magnificent tree would make an excellent focal point in a lawn
For smothering an archway or gazebo, the self-twining evergreen climber Trachelospermum jasminoides is a fine choice. With highly scented white flowers and glossy foliage which takes on reddish tints in the autumn, site it near the patio where the fragrance can be enjoyed well into a balmy summer evening.
Ligustrum jonandrum ‘Silver Star’, a variety of Japanese privet, would make an ideal specimen for container growing. The dark green foliage is edged with cream, complementing the panicles of flowers which are extremely attractive to bees and butterflies.