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Winter aconite is one of the earliest bloomers in the garden, even before snowdrops. (Photo via Old House Gardens: www.oldhousegarde...)
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' - This deciduous shrub has oval, mid-green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the brilliant, flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves, which turn orange-yellow in autumn, fall. This fabulous dogwood looks best planted in groups in damp areas of the garden, beside water, or in a winter border.
1970 Vintage Botanical Print of Winter Aconite, Violet Larkspur, Pheasant's Eye