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An Eye-Catching Winter Border Idea with Colorful Twigs and Cyclamens

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Winter Borders, Spring Borders


A carpet of Cyclamens coum (Persian Violet) is backed by the glowing orange stems of Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' (Bloodtwig Dogwood) and luminous Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis' (Scarlet Willow).

All plants are fabulous at brightening the winter or early spring garden with their bold splashes of colors. Cyclamens coum (Persian Violet) are ideal for naturalizing between shrubs and trees, they are easy to grow and self-sow once established, creating a striking floral carpet over time. They combine beautifully with Hellebores, another outstanding winter bloomer.

Known as Christmas Roses (Helleborus niger) or Lenten Roses (Helleborus x hybridus or orientalis), Hellebores are prized for their profuse and long-lasting blooms as well as for their attractive leathery foliage which remains fresh-looking year-round. Blooming steadily from midwinter to mid spring, Hellebores are tough, cold-hardy, deer or rabbit resistant and easy to grow perennials.

Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this planting includes top performing plants which have been awarded prestigious awards. Enjoy a glorious and colorful spectacle from winter to even spring!

Garden Information

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cornus - Dogwoods Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cyclamen Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helleborus - Hellebores Great Plant Combination Ideas with Salix - Willows


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Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis' (Scarlet Willow)
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