Noticing yesterday that the tips of daffodils and spring bulbs are just beginning to poke through the ground, the branches of the willows have yellowed and the forsythia stems have swollen. Tts obvious that the fresh yellows of spring are on their way. But a lesser known and even earlier spring harbinger is the Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) which, in addition to reds and oranges is available in a range of beautiful yellows.
This plant pairing is perfect for late winter or very early spring and it will bring color to your garden when you most wish for it. That is when the end of winter just can't come soon enough.
Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) + Hellebore + Cornus
My favorite witch hazel is Hamamelis intermedia 'pallida'. It is among the palest and it's color reminds me of freshly churned butter. The center of the flower is a deep burgundy and it would be a beautiful compliment to the interestingly uncommon Helleborus 'Onyx Odyssey' (available from Grobes Nursery).
On the other end of the yellow spectrum is the almost orange Hamamelis 'Harry'. I think this would have an excellent companion in Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'. The stems fade from red to yellow and when planted in a clump they make a striking impact. Combine with a few Hamamelis 'Harry' scattered about for something surprising and exciting at this time of year.
Fairweather gardens has a huge selection of Hamamelis in the full red- orange-yellow color spectrum you are sure to find just the right shade.