Garden moodboard: December

Since I haven’t seen our house for a fortnight now, I can only imagine what the garden is looking like in December. (Covered in builder’s tools, bricks and building dust I would guess…)

December garden moodboard by Wolves in London
Mmmm, winter’s here

Here at my Mum’s, I’ve a few evergreen plants to show you that really sum up the festive month of December. Actually, not many are ones I would choose to have in my own garden (especially the dratted ivy — I spent every weekend for a month a few summers back removing the ivy from my old flat) but there is no doubt that they scream Christmas is nearly here!

Evergreens
Can you hear them announcing the imminence of Christmas? No? Bend closer to your screen

I think these green and yellow leaves are from a shrub called Euonymus Fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold,’ which we learnt about as a useful hedging plant in my gardening class a few weeks ago. My Mum’s is mostly green or yellow, which I cheerfully informed her means it’s reverting to its original colours and therefore needs a good prune. Still, the few variegated leaves that are there look rather nice:

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold'
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ (don’t even get me started on the “n”…)

And while I wouldn’t have ivy in my garden again, I do think the variegated leaf varieties look really pretty and festive:

variegated ivy
This is a particularly nice leaf

Of course, a Christmas garden scene wouldn’t be complete without some berries. These orange ones, I am reliably informed, are pyracantha…

Pyracantha
Gorgeous bright colours against all the green

Somehow, the rose bush is still putting out a few flowers. I’m sure there is no rose that would intentionally flower in December, so it must just be due to our rather warm Autumn this year that a few are still hanging on. Jolly nice they are too. I do so love a white rose.

Rose
One of the last roses in the garden

Related articles:

  • I’ve put all my garden moodboards of the year onto a new board on Pinterest, so head over there if you’d like to see some more: Garden moodboards
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