Plant of the Week: Corylus avellana var. contorta

Plant of the Week: Corylus avellana var. contorta

Winter beauty isn't just about flowers and colourful bark (important though they are): it's also about silhouettes against a frosty ground. And there's no more sculptural silhouette than a corkscrew hazel, its branches curling and contorting crazily in a wildly intricate dance. As January draws to a close, the catkins appear, dangling their long tassels like elegant exclamation marks among the twists and tangles.

Like all hazels, it's easy going and happy in any spot in the garden or in a roomy container. It grows slowly to about 3m and needs little care, beyond pruning out the occasional straight stem to keep that spectacularly twisted outline. 

Smarten containers

Spruce up winter containers, dead-heading pansies to keep them flowering profusely and removing any dead branches, leaves or other debris. While you're at it, stick a finger into the compost to check it's still moist: it's easy to forget that containers sometimes need watering in winter, too.

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Choosing compost

Compost is a finely-balanced thing, a complex blend of minerals, nutrients and organic matter judged so your plants perform at their best. It's no surprise, then, that there are nearly as many types of compost as there are varieties of plant.

We stock dozens of varieties in our garden c…

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