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.
Plant of the Month – April
The sweet smell of spring should now be evident in all our gardens. Our lawns may even have had their first trim of the year. It’s a cracking time of year with so many plants sending their new fresh growth skywards, with the changes in the garden noted almost daily. It’s also a time to ensure that your garden is ready for summer too. Any unfinished jobs that you didn’t get around to during the winter, should be done now to ensure that you are well prepared and ready for what the next few months may bring.
Plant of the Month – March
Early spring is probably one of my favourite times of the gardening year, there is a slight glimpse of what is to come as early flowering bulbs and perennials open their bright and, often, fragrant flowers towards the sun. The sweet smell of spring hangs in the air and we can leave the winter behind us. That is until we get some late frosts which remind us that we are not clear from those biting wintry winds quite yet. Be mindful not to plant tender plants out too early and ensure that you have hardened off anything that has overwintered in the warmth of the greenhouse. Having said that enjoy the sunny spring days, get out and make sure you are well prepared for what the next few months will bring.
Plant of the Month – February
February can be one of the coldest months of the year, however by the end of the month Spring is almost upon us. With lots to do to ensure our gardens our prepped ready for the onslaught of the next growing season, it’s time to get out and tick off those jobs you have been avoiding all winter.
Plant of the Month – January
January is often a disappointing month in the gardening calender, it can often be dreary, cold and wet – not tempting conditions to get out into the garden and see what’s going on. However, don’t be disheartened as you could still use your time indoors wisely. It’s a good chance to sit back with a cuppa and start looking at those seed catalogues and nursery stock lists, working out what you would like to do differently to last year.
Plant of the Month – December
At the beginning of winter, December is often a difficult time of the gardening year. It can be cold, grey and dreary with the weather often wet too. With Christmas also on the horizon, our gardens can often get forgotten and neglected and because of this I think it’s best to grab what time you can realistically spend in the garden but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get the motivation to get out there. Whatever plant debris you leave standing, will provide food and shelter for the wildlife and sometimes when the frosts settle on the seed heads of the herbaceous plants and grasses and the light is just right, your garden again turns into something wonderful. Just because there are no flowers it doesn’t mean that the garden becomes dreary with the winter weather too.
Plant of the Month – November
As Winter fast approaches its easy to forget that there is still so much to see and do in the garden. Now is the time to make plans for next year and start getting prepared for the following year. If you are well prepared then the busy period in Spring will be a more relaxed affair, enabling you to enjoy the fruits of your labour and appreciate the wonder of Spring in all its glory. However don’t forget to appreciate the magnificence of Autumn too, the fiery colours produced by the deciduous trees create the perfect crescendo to the gardening year.
Plant of the Month – October
As the winter fast approaches we can often feel that October is time to pack up tools and retreat into the warmth of our homes, leaving the garden until spring when we feel the warmth of the sun on our backs again. It doesn’t have to be this way, there are plenty of jobs that could be done through the autumn and winter that will make your life easier the following spring. There is plenty still going on in the garden too. October doesn’t have to be all about autumn colour on our trees and shrubs, there are plenty of flowering plants that will provide blasts of colour until the first frosts arrive and knock them back down to the ground for the winter.
Plant of the Month – September
Some gardeners despair as September approaches, as it can often mean the decline of their borders as the autumn nears and their flowers start to fade. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. September could and should be the climax of the summer season with our gardens bulging with colour and texture. By Including some late flowering herbaceous perennials, mixed with a few ornamental grasses, you can create the crescendo that everyone will be envious of.