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My early spring favourites

Now is the last time to enjoy any varieties of cornus alba you may be cultivating before we cut them back and carry out the spring garden clearance.

These gorgeous ornamental shrubs are richly vibrant and colourful and bring real texture to any landscape.

A quick look at helleborus: these lovely border belles need careful attention at this time of year. Don’t be tempted to cut the old flowers if you want to see some more of these springtime specials. Another ideal seasonal shrub is Sweet Box, or sarcococca confusa. msphackzone.com This reliable plant is highly adaptable and will grow happily in all conditions from deep shade and dry soil to much sunnier, damper areas. It also has a distinctive fragrance so it’s a sensory sensation!