February’s plant of the month

February’s plant of the month is the humble Snowdrop. Snowdrop or Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green. They grow to approximately 20cm in height, with broad, grey-bloomed, dark green pleated leaves and solitary […]

What to do in your garden in February

It’s February! Here are the jobs you can be doing in the ornamental garden over the weekend:- – Trim winter flowering heathers as flowers fade; – Cut back late summer and autumn flowering clematis to the lowest pair of strong buds; – Sow bedding annual seeds (Begonia/Pelargonium); – Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering; – Prune […]

What to do in your garden in January

It’s January and the start of a new gardening year. Despite the wintery weather here are some jobs you can be doing in your own garden this month:- Complete winter pruning of fruit trees; Prune wisteria shortening summer pruned shoots back to two or three buds from old wood; Remember to water planted containers in […]

January’s plant of the month

January’s plant of the month is Mahonia japonica – an evergreen shrub which flowers in winter (one of the few that does!). It has leathery, spiny leaves so is good to use as a barrier plant. Fragrant yellow flowers, sometimes followed by black or purple berries.  It will grow to a height of 1.5m in […]

December’s plant of the month

December’s plant of the month is Helleborus orientalis. Hellebores (sometimes known as the Christmas or Lenten rose) are perennial garden plants with elegant flowers, perfect for brightening up shady areas during late winter and early spring. Some species are grown for their striking evergreen architectural foliage. Hellebores prefer to grow in rich, well-drained soil in […]

What to do in your garden in December

It’s December! Where has the year gone? There are still some jobs you can be doing in the garden in the depths of winter (snow allowing!):- Check your winter protection structures are secure; Check that greenhouse heaters are working ok; Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing; Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those […]

November’s plant of the month

November’s plant of the month is Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’. This is a great garden investment for the coming months. The mid-green leaves start to take on rich autumnal hues before they fall. As they drop, they will reveal the skeleton of bright red, branching stems, which will provide months of interest throughout the winter. They […]

What to do in your garden in November

It’s November! Here are some gardening jobs for the month:- – Plant bare root roses, trees and hedging (much cheaper than their potted equivalent); – Plant strawberry runners in containers and baskets to overwinter for next year; – Sow micro salad leaves for germinating on the window sill; – Harvest autumn fruit raspberries… – November […]

October’s plant of the month

October’s plant of the month is Nerine bowdenii. Nerine bowdenii is a bulbous perennial growing to 50cm tall, with strap-shaped rich green leaves with erect stems bearing umbels of lily-like pink flowers 6-8cm in width. It comes from South Africa and likes a sheltered spot in full sun.  It likes any well drained soil and any […]

What to do in your garden in October

Here are a few jobs to keep on top of as we approach winter:- Protect your plants – lift half hardy perennials and pot them up and put them in the greenhouse. Lift Dahlia tubers once the foliage is blackened by the first frost, dry them off and store them for next year. Lift and […]