Vibrant Winter Border
When to Plant: Spring and late autumn (for trees)
At Its Best: Winter
Time to Complete: 6 hours
- well-rotted organic matter
- all-purpose granular fertilizer
- Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis'
- Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'
- Cornus alba 'Sibirica'
- dwarf conifers
- Erica carnea
- variegated ivies
Start With Structure
Cornus and Salix grown for colored bark can be pollarded, so their stems grow at head–height on a single trunk, or coppiced, where they grow up from the ground. Plant the pollarded shrubs at the back of the border, and the coppiced shrubs at the front.
Plant Around Shrubs
Fill in the border around the structural plants with low–growing heathers in contrasting colors, dwarf conifers and ivies. Position these plants so they help enhance the color of the naked stems.
Water plants regularly throughout the first year. Trim off dead growth from all plants so that the area looks good for winter. Coppice or pollard Cornus and Salix every few years in spring and feed with all-purpose fertilizer.