February is often an 'in-between' month for flowers. January having the best of the 'winter-flowering' types and then February almost having the 'leftovers' - unless you can prove me wrong (Please!)
Towards the end of February the first signs of spring start to show - artificially induced by such stalwarts as the Snowdrops, Hellebores and a few 'eager shrubs such as Forsythia starting to show bud colour.
It should be an interesting time for plant spotting, and always throws up a few surprises before sometimes savagely reminding us that it is still Winter out there. Surprisingly, the plants that have been cajoled into flower by a few warm days, can normally see off any late traces of winter.
Foliage will be starting to break bud, and early flower bulbs will give good contrast to the likes of the winter flowering Bergenias.
We need to know about SHRUBS flowering in February... Such as
We need to know about PERENNIALS incl. BULBS flowering in February Such as ...
Bergenia | Eranthis | Trillium | Helleborus | Euphorbia | Narcissus | Cyclamen | Galanthus | Leucojum | Crocus |
1st Camellia 'Freedom Bell' Bright scarlet red with semi-double flowers.
2nd Hamamelis Strawberry Cream. Different for a Witch Hazel!
One of many Oriental Hellebores now in flower. This one - a white form of Helleborus orientalis, showing the characteristic drooping of the flowers.
Rhododendron macrophyllum One of the earliest of the Rhododendrons
Cornus mas - A large shrub or small 'Treelet' - simply a description I like to use for those in-between shrub/trees..
No apologies whatever for including this wonderful show-off corm.. Cyclamen coum - dainty as dance slippers - tough as old boots!
As gorgeous a sight as many flowers in February - Betula utilis (jaquemontii)
One of the earlier flowering Cherries - Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori'
Camellia 'Freedom Bell' one of many Camellias that flower fo mush of the winter. This one is a mid-season type.
Edgeworthias still going strong in February. with no sign of being bothered by the weather.
Galanthus 'S. Arnott' A good robust and showy snowdrop - with a scent. Early flowering and stands up to all weather.
Hamamelis Strawberry Cream - A little bit different to most Witch Hazels!
Lonicera fragrantissima - Winter flowering Honeysuckle
Arum italicum 'Marmoratum' - Lords and Ladies. Very early attractive foliage through late January until early summer.
Light pink Helleborus orientalis with semi-double flowers. Very attractive.
Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' - Late as usual but very welcome flowers to see on this cold February morning.
10th Leucojum vernum
11th Cornus mas looking very good at Wisley - full flower and more to go yet. - 2007
12th Cyclamen coum
hybrids absolutely amazing and so full of good flower colour.
Chaenomeles japonica looking good - especially Knaphill Scarlet.
13th Perfection with Edgeworthia chrysandra Red Dragon.
Rarely seen in gardens but ought to be. Just loves the shade. Maybe good
flower now, but its foliage and stems are attractive in the growing
season as well. (Picture lower down)
Camellias assorted and Daphne are everywhere.
14th Rhododendron Christmas Cheer rarely cheers up Christmas - but it is good for January and better still in February,
15thGalanthus Snowdrops are looking good and still have a way to go.
Cercis siliquastrum has been good for a few weeks and
shows no sign of bowing out yet.
16th - Euphorbia charachias subsp 'Wulfenii'
Sarcococca humilis - Sweet Box or Christmas Box
Cornus mas - The Cornelian Cherry
Crocus dalmaticus - One of the earliest of the Crocus bulbs.
19th Helleborus orientalis just starting to flower en masse, but still just a little bit shy.
27th Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'
28th Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Red Dragon'