February can be one of the coldest months of the year but one of my favourites. The emerging spring bulbs and sweet-scented winter flowering shrubs provide a hint of what’s to come in the following year. Hopefully by now you will have completed all the work in preparation for spring and can sit back and wave good bye to the winter.
Plant of the Month – January
January, often dreary, is a time to retreat in front of the fire with the curtains closed and the central heating on. It is often a disappointing month in the gardening calendar too. However don’t beat yourself up about it too much, consider it a time for planning – in the warm with a cup of tea with the fire warming your toes.
Plant of the Month – December
December is often the bleakest month in the gardening calendar. Most plants have now retreated for the winter and the winter plants we rely on to bring a glimpse of colour during the dark Winter days are yet to show any sign of flower. With so many other things to keep us occupied this time of the year, our gardens are often forgotten until after the new year. It’s not a bad thing to have a bit of a break but just remember that being too sluggish through the winter creates a massive backlog of work to do come Spring. Its never a bad thing to tick off the odd job every now and then to ensure you are ready when spring arrives.
Plant of the Month – November
As Winter fast approaches, it’s not quite time to pack up the tools quite yet. There is still much to see and do in the garden and it’s the best time of year to start thinking about plans for next year while everything is still fresh in your mind. Don’t forget to take some time out though and take in all that lovely autumn awesomeness too.
Plant of the month – October
As we approach the winter it can often be a time for reflection in the garden, thinking about those parts of the garden that still need more thought and more work. It doesn’t have to be the end of the gardening year, by careful planning you can still provide a crescendo of colours for you to enjoy until the frosts knock it all back in November. It’s also time to start thinking about spring, as now is the time to start planting your spring bulbs. By combining a simple mix of narcissis, tulips and alliums, you will be able to provide a colourful combination of flower in the garden from March until June. A little tip would be to buy more than you think you need, as often these displays look better en masse rather than a few flowers dotted here and there through your borders. Also, only plant the smaller narcissi in your borders as the big trumpet daffs can often be a little overpowering and thuggish amongst your other border plants.
Plant of the Month – September
September can be a great time of year in the garden as the late summer perennials put on their show in conjunction with the ornamental grasses. The low light in the mornings and evenings create great effects as the sun shines through the plants creating silhouettes and shadows that are not seen any other time of the year. The low light in the mornings and evenings create great effects as the sun shines through the plants, creating silhouettes and shadows that are not seen any other time of the year. It’s a time to wind down a bit in the garden but don’t take your foot off the throttle just yet as there will soon be plenty to do as the plants fade and we slowly head towards winter.
Plant of the Month – August
August can be a lively time in our borders but a quieter time for us gardeners. The dry weather and the heat helps keep the weeds away and enables the gardener to take a break and appreciate all the hard work that has been done in the past few months. It’s a great time for making notes and working out what has worked and most importantly what part of the garden needs a little more thought for next year. August is a great time to find some inspiration by visiting other gardens and this month sees one of the gardens I look after, open its gates to the public. Please see NGS Yellow book for more details – Malthouse Farm, Nr Ditchling.
Plant of the Month – July
July is often one of the hottest months of the year with dry sunny days and warm nights. Because of this our gardens can often look a little tired as most trees and shrubs have done their thing and the herbaceous world is having a bit of a break too. It can be a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden and If you have done all you can to keep your plants looking good by feeding well and regularly deadheading spent flowers, you should enjoy a longer display of blooms and may just bridge that gap between the mid summer flush and the late summer madness.
Plant of the Month – June
June is considered to be one of the most floriferous months in the gardening calendar. With so much going on in the garden, it can be hard to make time to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Whilst I can’t always find the time during these months, it’s also a good time to get out and have a look at other gardens too. The NGS scheme is full of amazing gardens to visit throughout the summer, so make a point of clearing some space in the diary and get out and see what ideas you can acquire and adapt for your garden.
Plant of the Month : May
May is a time for lush green growth and blasts of late spring / early summer colour. It’s a time for newly planted plants to get established before the heat of the summer, soaking up all that lovely moisture still in the ground. There is lots to do and lots to see in the garden and as the weather warms up lots more opportunities for you to get out in the garden and enjoy that some time outside.