Seasonal Gardening provides a month by month account of tasks that need to be done in the garden. Our free online guide is packed with hints, tips, helpful projects and useful gardening ideas for every season.
Covering the whole of the UK (Great Britain, England, Scotland & Wales) - Hardiness Zones 7, 8 & 9.
What to do this month
propagating your own plants
Prune back old and withered hellebore foliage to reveal the emerging flowers. If the weather permits there is still time to plant roses and other bare rooted shrubs. Check any recently planted specimens to ensure that they have not been lifted by frost. If so firm them back in. Order any specialist vegetable seeds as new and popular cultivars often sell out quickly. Apple and pear trees can be pruned from now until the end of February.
Also spare a thought for your house plants at this time of year, ensure they are placed in good light and away from dry heat sources.
Most gardeners take stem and leaf cuttings during the spring and summer but very few bother with root cuttings. However, many useful plants, such as Acanthus, Echinops and border Phlox can be propagated very successfully using this method. This method of cultivation is best performed during mid-winter when the plants are at their most dormant. Simply lift the plant to expose the roots and cut away one or two of the largest. Cut these into 5cm (2 in) sections and plant vertically in a gritty potting mixture, so that the top of the root is flush with the soil. Read more...
See our section on what to do with your old Christmas Tree.
The tall red stems of Cornus alba Sibirica (and other dogwoods) are some of the mainstays of the winter garden. Stems should be cut back hard in march to ensure strong rich growth for the next season.
Cambridge Botanical Garden, Cambridge
Although primarily Cambridge University's teaching garden it is also open to the public. The winter garden amalgamates late colour, scent and texture in a bright southerly aspect. Its gently curving path winds through the coloured stems of willow and dogwoods, and the fragrant blooms of Wintersweet, Honeysuckle, Viburnum and Mahonia.
Open daily: 10am to 4pm