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Salix Garden plant of the month February

Smaller Salix (Pussy Willow) is a welcome addition to any garden or patio. The branches can reach upwards, but can also hang down low. First soft, silver-white catkins emerge (which is the Salix’s version for flowering), later the green leaves appear, and in winter the stems are an attractive ochre colour. The garden Salix is the mini version of the large pollard and weeping willows that grace parks, riverbanks and roads. These willow bushes are usually grafted onto a tall trunk, so that they offer the opportunity to create attractive combinations with colourful underplanting. Hence Salix combined with Primula, violas or narcissi for example can quickly become a cheerful spring feature in the garden or patio.

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