Plants of note this month include the pink dog's tooth violets; Erythronium dens cans, the skunk cabbage; Lysichiton americanus, and a shrub related to the witch hazel called Corylopsis
pauciflora, which has delicate cream flowers appearing before the leaves.
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This Japanese shrub, left, is corylopsis
spicata, a delicate relative of the witch hazel (hamamelis).
If it's acid, you're restricted to the likes of rhododendrons, heathers, camellias and corylopsis
These include viburnum x burkwoodii, corylopsis
, rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris and kalmia or calico bush (these last five shrubs only do well in acid or lime-free soil).
Pauciflora is now one of my favourite plants.
A panel of experts dishes out tips on everything from invigorating a wilting sprig of apple tree to nursing a Corylopsis
Willmottiae through a harsh winter.
If your soil is acid, you will have to rely on shrubs such as camellias, rhododendrons, heathers, enkianthus and corylopsis
Others that respond well are: Actinidia, Akebia, Carpenteria, Chaenomeles, Chimonanthus, Corylopsis
, Fothergilla, Kalmia, Lonicera, Magnolia, Osmanthus, Skimmia, Strachyurus, Syringa and Vitis colgnetiae.
Mione and Bogle (1990) argue that the sterile phyllomes of Loropetalum, nectaries of Hamamelis, and staminodes of Corylopsis
are not derived from the same whorl of organs, because they do not arise at similar times in the development of the flower, because they have a different vascular connection, and because the least specialized genera, Maingaya and Dicoryphe, bear two whorls of both staminodes and sterile phyll omes with a different vascular supply.