- Start to winter-prune your Wisteria, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
- Prune climbing roses now; cutting away diseased or damaged growth and tying in any new shoots to their support. Prune older flowered side shoots back by two thirds of their length.
- Prune Japanese Maples (Acers) and vines now if needed, as they will bleed sap if pruning is done any later.
- Leave the faded flower heads on your hydrangeas until the spring, as they will provide frost protection to the swelling buds further down the stems.
- Gather up fallen leaves from around the base of rose bushes which suffered from blackspot or rust this summer, to reduce the chance of infection next year.
- Move containers of shrubs or bedding plants to a sheltered spot; clustering them together helps protect the root systems from suffering frost damage.
- Take hardwood cuttings from suitable trees and shrubs.
- Plant up winter containers with hardy cyclamen, ivy, skimmia and evergreen grasses such as Carex to add colour to your garden. Place them in prominent places beside entrances and well used paths to enjoy their winter display.
- Plant some shrubs for winter interest. Sarcococca confusa adds colour and fragrance to your garden now.
- If you still haven't planted your tulip bulbs there is still time, provided the ground isn't frozen.
- Spread fresh gravel or grit around alpine plants.
Thursday, 29 June 2017 22:21
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