Now is the time to start planning changes in your garden. Indulge in new ideas and add your personal style to your garden.
Near the end of the month you could start the winter pruning of your shrubs.
If you are thinking of adding roses to your garden, now is the time to buy and plant them, allowing their roots to establish before the spring.
All the garden centres will have them on sale now.
- Summer flowering bulbs are also available at the garden centres, however, I would put off planting them until March, when the soil is a bit warmer.
- Keep feeding the birds in the cold weather, and make sure you keep a bit of the pond surface free from ice to let the gases escape, as they are harmful to the fish. The birds will also appreciate somewhere to drink from. You can hold a pan of boiling water on the surface to gently melt away the ice.
Plant of the month – Hamamelis mollis (Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis mollis is commonly known as Chinese witch hazel. It is a hardy, easy to grow, deciduous bushy shrub. It has broad, oval leaves in spring and summer, and fragrant yellow to red flowers, which grow on leafless branches, in late winter, and early spring.
It can be grown in most locations, cottage gardens, informal gardens, flower borders, and is low maintenance, and will survive in full sun or partial shade.
It prefers well drained soil, acid or neutral, sand, clay or loam, and will grow to a height and spread of 2.5 – 4 metres. This lovely shrub can be found in all good garden centres this month, and will brighten up any winter border.
Happy gardening everyone!