As a group Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) are one of the best early flowering shrubs for flower and scent. The flowers appear before the leaves, usually in January, and last until March which means they really stand out. They come in a range of colours from red to orange or yellow and also have great autumn colour. Their growth habit can also be useful as they are quite wide without getting too high which avoids concerns about shade and health and safety.
This characteristic also makes them great for screens or filling corners. When placed next to a dark evergreen leaved shrub the flowers and autumn colour are also set off really well. Equally when backed by blue sky the flowers look fantastic and usually have excellent scent.