Posted: 30/10/2016 at 13:05
I will start off then sunshine preferred
hellebores are a must....they prefer some shade but mine are mostly in sun...give them plenty of compost....mushroom compost is perfect....pelleted chicken manure etc.
Scent over winter and evergreen foliage from sarcoccocas and daphne odora aureo marginata.
Winter heathers are superb evergreens.....many have golden foliage but all flower over winter through to spring.
I am very fond of diosmas...check out Sunset Gold. A lovely yellow evergreen with scented foliage and white/pink flowers in spring. Highly tactile, low maintenance, and beautiful foliage that moves with the breeze. Not well known but will be more so
heucheras.......yellow, red evergreen foliage...as well as tiarellas and heucherellas.
Grasses like blue elymus magellanicus, festucas and carex like testacea.
lupins are evergreen as is geum Totally Tangerine. Pinks have delightful blue foliage plus scented flowers all summer
you dont say if your soil is acid or alkaline....dwarf rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias and dwarf pieris would fit your criteria if acid
variegated small shrubs like euonymous emerald n gold light up the winter garden. Pittosporum Tom Thumb has shiny black foliage to partner the euonymous well. Silver shrubs like santolina, if trimmed, make nice evergreen domes.
you say all year round colour but don't overlook herbaceous perennials like astilbes, salvias, astrantias, asters, etc etc. Plant bulbs near those plants that die down over winter. New growth on such perennials can be amazing
anyway, good luck
Last edited: 30 October 2016 13:07:27