January is one of the most inhospitable months of the year. Rarely are two successive January's the same, so it is difficult to list which plants are going to flower. But flower isn't the only criteria for colour interest in the garden - especially for the winter months. Foliage and bark are two other aspects to plant interest for consideration.
This - the first of our - Plants in Colour' pages, should be a good collection of colourful plants to brighten up our days as we move towards the spring season. I have been amazed when venturing out in all types of January weather to see the wide array of colour that sometimes has to be 'found' but often hits you full frontal when you walk into a January garden. Even more amazing is the fact that some plants which flower this month, seem so fragile and tender.
We are hoping to get input from you the gardeners - as to what you find in flower in any given day of the month - not only January either!
We need to know about SHRUBS...
Chimonanthus praecox | Cornus mas | Coronilla | Daphne spp | Erica carnea and others | Mahonias | Hamamelis | Skimmias | Viburnums | Edgeworthia | Camellias | Clematis cirrhosa etc | Winter Lonicera - shrubby types | Acacia | Abeliophyllum | Chimonanthus | Corylus | Rhododendrons | Azaleas | Sarcococca | Ulex - Gorse |and many many more.....
We need to know about PERENNIALS incl BULBS...
Eranthis - Winter Aconite | Trillium sessile types | Pulsatilla | Hellebores | Bergenia | Galanthus - snowdrops | Euphorbia | Epimedium |
This is just a sample from January past. Help us update it with January present!
Lonicera fragrantissima - Winter flowering honeysuckle
Iris foetidissima - Seedpod
Miscanthus sin. 'Kaskade' putting on a great show
of drooping seedheads.
Hamamelis everywhere I look - all looking good on January 17
Daphne bholua Full of sweet scented pink
mauve flowers. getting a lot of attention
Catkins galore on an Alder tree - Alnus cordata
Lonicera fragrantissima very full of itself with masses of white flowers.
Helleborus sternii 'Boughton Beauty' just past its best, but still good for a late January offering.
Camellias aplenty - in such a wide range of colours. The C. williamsii are just starting to take over from C. sasanqua types.
Galanthus - snowdrops - are not going to be outdone by anything.
Sarcococca humilis 'Winter Beauty' - I believe - is absolutely stunning - and such a heady scent.
A nice group of Eranthis hyemalis are braving the weather and have much flower to come yet.
A Rosmarinus is determined to make the January page - only a few flowers yet, but the blue flowers are welcome in January.
Camellia japonica 'Noblissima'
Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' with 8-9in (20-22cm) long catkins.
Camellia japonica 'Joshua E Youtz'
29th Camellia sasanqua 'Jean May' Every space on this page could have been filled with the many different Camellias that flower through January - non moreso then the 'sasanqua' group. Every day of this month could easily have a different Camellia in flower - next month also.
We are always happy to have your photos and plant names for this section.
The Flowertime Project is one of the newer sections on the site - with the firm intention of enlarging it over the coming months.