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I prune mine after the flowers have finished as it sprawls all over the path - deliberately I must say as mine is definitely a naturalistic garden. If you grow it as a climber you need to tie the long pieces in as it does not have tendrils.
You are welcome, Nadolig, did you notice it is featured on the home page at the bottom? click n the picture and you will read all about it.
And of course catkins add interest. This is the length of my Garrya elliptica catkins on 07.12.12.
They will get much, much, longer by the end of the winter.
Heucheras give lots of colour, This is a caramel coloured one .
The value of grey plants is very high in the autmn. T
his is Convolvulus cneorum.
Some more pictures which show colour in my garden 07.12.12. Firstly the never disappointing jasmine nudiflorum.
For autumn flowers, Mahonia bealei takes some beating. This is in my friend's garden today.05..12.12.
White is also a colour and cylamen and heather come in white in my winter planter. Here it is on 2nd of December unscathed by the recent rain and frost.
A good climber for autumn colour seen at the Bristol Univ, Bot, Garden on 29.11.12
Yellow chard under an olive tree at the Bristol Botanic Garden yesterday.