Aloes and succulents for colour
Aloes bring bold flowers to gardens in winter. These tough, spiky succulents produce spires of flowers that are highly attractive to nectar-feeding birds. Named varieties available in the ‘Aloe-Aloe’ range have extended the colour range of aloes to include pink, white and bicolours as well as the familiar hot reds, oranges and yellows. Aloes are native to South Africa.
As well as enjoying spiky aloes, there are other succulents for winter colour. Readily available are kalanchoes including the variety ‘Freedom Bells’, which grows well in a hanging basket to display its cascades of red and orange tipped Christmas-bell flowers. The flowers last well, so buying a basket in flower will brighten up winter for many weeks.