There are a number or types of spring plants that can be used to add interest in early spring. Here are just a few we have seen:

Some plants flower on bare stems before the leaves emerge. These are often highly scented to attract the small number of pollinating insects active at this time of year. Pictured here are Edgworthia chrysantha and Stachyurus praecox.

Hellebores are available in many different colours and add colour in winter and early spring.

Bare stems can be very attractive in winter and early spring – from the peeling bark of Prunus serrula and the ghostly stems of Rubus cockburnianus, to the fiery stems of Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’.

Contrasting foliage is a great way to add interest in winter and early spring. Here, Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ contrasts with xFatshedera Lizei and Pinus mugo ‘Mops’

Of course, bulbs are important at this time of year. These can be planted in groups in borders or naturalised in drifts into grass or woodland.