In November, tulip bulbs should now be planted.
If you still haven’t planted your other spring bulbs, get them in quick and they will be fine.
Plant up some hanging baskets and containers with some cyclamen, pansies, and primroses to brighten up the patio and borders.
Visit the garden centres and have a look at their container plants to give you some ideas.
- Tidy the borders, clear away collapsed plants, cut down stems of the herbaceous plants and any remains of the annuals.
- Grasses, astilbes, sedum and other perennials that fade later, can be left to give shelter for some of the wildlife. However don’t leave wet debris and leaves around the plants as it will encourage pests and disease.
- Continue to clear leaves from the lawns and around the plants to give them light and air, if left, these damp conditions will create a heaven for the slugs and snails.
- Less hardy perennials such as penstemon and hardy fuchsia should only be cut back by about a third at this time. Cut them back fully once they start shooting from the base in spring.
Happy gardening everyone!