Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

corkscrew hazel

1.5 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained, preferably chalky soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: February to March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    In February and March, the bizarrely contorted stems of this small hazel are draped with golden-yellow catkins. The leaves, which are mid-green and twisted, appear later. This corkscrew hazel is ideal for the middle of a sunny border, where its winter outline can be fully appreciated, or planted in large containers. The twisted stems, much-valued by flower-arrangers, also provide a curious and unusual focal point for an oriental-style garden.

  • Garden care: Cut out dead, diseased and damaged wood in March and apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant.

Daphne odora Marianni ® ('Rogbret') (PBR)

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Distinct leaf variegation and heady scent

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'

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Narcissus 'Jenny'

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Lonicera fragrantissima

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Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night'

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February pruning of trees, shrubs and climbers

The garden is at its most dormant right now, so it’s a good time to catch up on any pruning missed or forgotten since the autumn. If the weather isn’t favourable, you can leave it for a week or two, but make sure all winter pruning is completed before the

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