Day 21: witch hazel

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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Upon the list of winter-flowering shrubs that stimulate schnoz, witch hazel (Hamamelis sp.) ranks high – spiced-fruit scent wafting across the icy air in the garden, and filling the home with perfume when cut for the vase. The flowers have a singular appearance – zested orange or lemon peel festooned upon bare branches. Choose a variety with good autumn leaf colour, but in the hotter months expect little more than a mid-green foil to more attention-grabbing plants.  

The national collection of Hamamelis is held by Witch Hazel Nursery in Kent, who have an open day this coming Sunday, 27 January 2019. See www.witchhazelnursery.com for further details.


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