Finding plants that perform in winter can be hard work, but this gorgeous Viburnum is just the thing to perk up those dull days.
Viburnum tinus produces masses of very fragrant white flowers emerging from blush-pink buds in clusters right in midwinter - from December well into April, followed by red-purple berries. And it's evergreen too, and totally hardy, although the leaves may suffer a little cosmetic cold damage below -10C.
However, it is rarely sold in this wonderful 'standard' form, as an 80cm plant with a crafted head on top, bursting with bud and flower in spring. A fabulous focal tree on its own, great in pairs, and even better in an avenue along a path - where the scent and colour will amaze you in winter.