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Flowers to pick in December

Get inspiration for plants to pick from the garden in December, including evergreens, berries and seedheads.

December is an unpredictable month - it can be freezing cold or unseasonably mild, in which case you may find that a few flowers persisting on some of your plants. 

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Whatever the weather, these winter stalwarts will ensure fresh pickings for the house.

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Berries and hips

Rosehips and berries bring welcome colour into the house in December; pick them well before the festive season begins in earnest, otherwise hungry birds may eat them.

Evergreens

Evergreens such as holly really come into their own in the winter months, adding much needed colour and structure. Evergreen herbs such as rosemary and eucalyptus bring welcome scent.


Winter jasmine

Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, is an unfussy plant that is often grown against a wall. Its yellow flowers appear from November, brightening the dark winter months. A few sprigs make a welcome addition to a vase.

Colourful stems

Dogwoods such as Cornus alba 'Sibirica' and willows are grown for their stunning bare winter stems; they also add drama to indoor flower arrangements. If you don't have any in your garden, many florists sell them.

Forced bulbs

In autumn, force some bulbs such as hyacinths or paperwhite narcissi, shown here, and you could enjoy their beautiful scent and colour in time for Christmas. 

Whatever the weather, these winter stalwarts will ensure fresh pickings for the house.

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