Cytisus x praecox ‘Hollandia’
This deciduous shrub produces long arching shoots with clusters of pea-like flowers in cream and dark pink in late spring and early summer. The sprays of flowers are followed by narrow mid-green leaves. This shrub will thrive in poor sandy soils in a sunny position and is very good at attracting bees and other beneficial insects.
Viburnum tinus ‘Lisarose’
This is a fairly new variety of Viburnum tinus, with dark green leaves and deep red buds which open to creamy white flowers from December to April, followed by blue-black berries.
It is evergreen, low maintenance and tolerant of both sun and deep shade and so is a valuable garden staple providing year round interest. Flowering from midwinter onwards, it provides colour at a time when it is all the more appreciated.