A question which I am often asked at my consultations is ‘what can I grow in my garden in North East Scotland?’ Many people would like to emulate the show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show (wouldn’t we all?!) but many plants featured there will not survive a winter outdoors in North East Scotland.
Ulf Nordfjell (http://www.nordfjellcollection.se/) is a landscape architect based in Northern Sweden. Here winter can last from November to mid-April with average temperatures to -5 °C and -25°C and snow for around four months (similar to Aberdeenshire!). In a recent article here are his top 5 cold climate plants for winter:-