Finally!!! This feels like it’s been a long winter and I’m relieved to see some color. Witchhazel (Hamamelis) is one of my favorite early spring bloomers. When you come around a corner your are immediately overtaken by it’s sweet smell. The plant shown here is a Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnolds Promise’ and it has been espaliered against this wall in bright contrast to the brick.
There are many other cultivars of Hamamelis available. If you decide to plant one make sure to have well drained soil that will hold a little bit of moisture. Also remember that the flowers will be more brilliant in the full sun. If you need to trim note that Hamamelis bloom on “old wood” so prune soon after they have finished blooming. These plants are hardy and resilient and make a great addition to your garden to help bring a punch of color when there’s not much else.