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Although you might not spend a lot of time in your garden during the winter months, the smell of a fragrant shrub on a miserable winter’s day will lift your spirits for sure!

Clematis Urophylla ‘Winter Beauty’ this vigorous climber has masses of fragrant creamy white ‘bell shaped’ flowers is ideal against a protected wall to give some winter interest.  It flowers between December and February and needs no routine pruning.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’  a slow growing evergreen shrub that has glossy green leaves and highly scented pink and white flowers that smell lovely.  Ideally position near to a path or door that you use regularly to enjoy it at its best.  Flowering between January and February looks perfect under planted with white cyclamen.

Witch Hazel Hamamelis ‘Pallida’’ flowers in December and is another plant ideal to under plant with spring bulbs.  The citrus scented yellow flowers look striking when planted against the red and yellow foliage of other shrubs.

Mahonia x Media ‘Winter Sun’ flowers between January and February and has long, spiky architectural shaped leaves.  It has bright yellow scented flowers and is a really good choice for the winter garden.  This shrub can get quite large so needs pruning after flowering to keep it under control.

Sarcococca confusa (Sweet Box) this neat evergreen shrub tolerates shade, so is perfect for a shady border or woodland garden.  Flowering between December and March, it has many tiny fragrant white flowers, followed by black berries in summer.

A useful plant to use near a sheltered seating area to enjoy with a steaming cup of coffee on a sunny winters day!  

In October Brimsmore Garden Centre hosted an evening with BBC Gardeners’ World presenter and garden designer Adam Frost as part of The Yeovil Literary Festival.

Adam gave a really interesting talk about his horticultural career and the people who influenced him, including his grandparents and the late great gardener, Geoff Hamilton who he started work with as an apprentice.

He went onto talk about his gold medal winning show garden designs at Chelsea Flower Show, and how he became involved as a presenter with BBC Gardeners’ World.  One lady in the audience asked the question we all wanted to ask “was he going to be the new Monty?”  Adam was very diplomatic with his reply!

My husband Andrew and I met Adam this summer at BBC Gardeners’ World Live when he visited our show garden and we had our photograph taken with him.  After the talk we caught up with him and he kindly signed the photograph – that’s one for the portfolio!

Have a Happy Christmas, and until next time Julie

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