, known as the silk tassel bush because of its amazing seed pods or catkins.
If you want evergreen coverage, Garrya elliptica
James Roof is very attractive with long silver tassels when it flowers.
, commonly known as the Silk Tassel Bush, is an evergreen shrub with dark green leathery leaves.
For a statement specimen, the contorted stems of the corylus avellana Contorta (twisted hazel/cobnut) or the silky smooth grey/green tassels of garrya elliptica
are striking, while the lush rich red Chinese lanterns on the crinodendron hookerianum (Chinese lantern tree) swaying in the breeze add a touch of the exotic.
Ask at your local garden centre for one of the following - Chaenomeles japonica, chimonanthus praecox, cornus mas, erica carnea, garrya elliptica
, hamamelis mollis, helleborus hybrida, jasminum nudiflorum, lonicera 'Winter Beauty', mahonia spps, prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis', rhododendron praecox, sarcococca spps, viburnum farreri and V.
'James Roof', a fast-growing evergreen with handsome foliage and beautifully silvered catkins that by December are a foot long, is another that thrives in a north or east facing situation.
Ideal for training upon a wall at the back of your border is Garrya elliptica
, which can reach a height of 3.
Q I bought a Garrya elliptica
three years ago for my north wall but it still has not flowered.
Cotoneaster, pyracantha, garrya elliptica
and ivies are useful for this.
is another fast-growing shrub, come climber.
is a handsome evergreen shrub with olive green foliage and long greyish green catkins in January and February.
Another one for a wall would be the exquisite and evergreen Garrya elliptica
, the silk tassel bush.