Star of the Month for February

Witch hazels are truly enchanting, sweet-scented flowers borne on bracts like brightly coloured streamers with dark centres. Called so because of the old belief that a tea made from the leaves would heighten powers to those predisposed. The stongest Scented ones are Hamamelis mollis or Hamamelis vernalis. Our personal favourite pictured below is H. feurerzauber with its amazing blood orange flowers with dark red almost crimson centres.

It's an attractive shrub with unusual stems that grow in a wavy shape. The leaves are ovate and provide great autumn colour. They're highly regarded as an ornamental garden plant and several species have gained the Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. Cut a branch to display indoors to really get the full reward of the scent!