Six on Saturday: Colour

It’s not all green and brown in the garden at the moment, as the Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ and bright carex (C Everillo perhaps?) above demonstrate. Also in the shrub border are Nandina ‘Obsession’ and Nandina ‘Fire Power’:

In the border behind the Coop, Nandina ‘Twilight’ brightens a January day too:

Positively glowing, whatever the weather, are the three cornus which will continue to shine for 3 months or so before they get cut back to their stumps:

And last, but definitely not least, is witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ with H ‘Ruby Glow’ behind it:

Thank you to Jon and his blog ‘The Propagator’ for giving us the opportunity to share 6 things from our gardens every Saturday.



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25 Responses to Six on Saturday: Colour

  1. Heyjude says:

    The pittosporum is lovely, there are so many to choose from with different leaves and they seem to grow well around here.

    • Cathy says:

      I have only discovered them in the last 2 or 3 years – but have now learned to check the size of them as I had to move one because it had been planted at the front of a border!

  2. Pauline says:

    You certainly have plenty of lovely colour in your garden, foliage can be so interesting can’t it?

    • Cathy says:

      It was the foliage/stem colour that stood out when I was thinking of Six on Saturday – such an asset at this time of year

  3. Pittosporum is divine. The Nandina are lovely and give a lot of life to the garden with its fabulous foliage. I love the Cornus with their flaming branches. Witch hazel is wonderful. Cathy you have a very colorful and divine garden in this beginning of January. Happy three wise men. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      There are still many joys to be found in this garden over winter, something I have particularly tried to achieve in recent years

  4. The Pittosporum and carex combination is wonderful! I am a huge fan of combining foliage and you’ve got me smiling on this one. I often use the carex for interest all year round. It is such a versatile plant and hardly any maintenance, as you know!

    • Cathy says:

      I have to confess it was an accidental pairing, Lee – as was the Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’ next to them! This is a particularly fine carex, isn’t it? Completely trouble free, for me at least

  5. I’m looking wistfully at your Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ – mine isn’t in flower yet and I’m starting to worry about it! Gorgeous colour in the pittosporum.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, I do hope you won’t have to wait much longer, Phao – does it have flower buds? As these are formed months earlier it is always reassuring to see them as you know it will flower in due course. One of mine has only one twig with buds, and another not many more, which was probably down to the dry summer. The others are all going to flower pretty well, I think

  6. Chloris says:

    Stems and leaves are wonderful in winter but the icing on the winter cake has to be the Witch Hazel. Your Jelena is looking fabulous.

  7. Renee says:

    So much color! I wish those Cornus would grow for me, and they look lovely in your garden!

  8. Anna says:

    I am thinking that I should perhaps retrieve my nandina ‘Obsession’ from a pot outside the caravan. Chloris has taken the words out of my mouth. How old is your ‘Jelena’ now?

    • Cathy says:

      Take it home for the winter, perhaps, or get another one…?! I would say I have had Jelena for about 15 years, she is certainly one of my earliest ones

  9. Lovely examples! Even in winter there are beautiful colors and textures to behold.

  10. Lora Hughes says:

    I see you have 3 colours of cornus. I’ve been thinking one or several might brighten the front of my house in winter. Do you have a favourite?

    • Cathy says:

      Oh dear, I am not sure, but I guess it would have to be C Midwinter Fire because of the variation of colour in the stem – but a stand of more than one colour looks even better!

      • tonytomeo says:

        I was just about to ask about that. Does the green one on the left stay green or does it turn paler? I am not familiar with it. None of the cultivars are popular here because they do not get enough chill to color well. The species is native and grows wild in riparian situations. Several were added to the banks of one of the streams that flows through here, probably for habitat restoration. The quail like it when they get that close to the water. The twigs are a ruddy brown, and happen to get better color if pruned aggressively, but are not nearly as colorful as the cultivars with more chill.

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