As the snowdrops make their first magical appearance, it's time to lay the groundwork for the growing season

 

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Working partners

19.01.14


Perk up the garden by using plants in combination. Winter offers more colour and contrast than you'd expect

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Sweet-smelling, pretty and long-lived, witch hazel is that rarest of plants – a flower that blooms in midwinter.

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A pioneer of our native woodlands, the fast-growing silver birch is a tree whose distinctive pale colour lights up winter.

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It's gardening with a light touch at this time of year, so keep an eye on your pots and don't water after a freeze.

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Jolly Holly Days

15.12.13


A trusty native that grows virtually anywhere, holly is coming into its own. But be sure you know what sex it is…

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As the garden puts itself to sleep for winter, there's time to get the basics sorted and plan for the future.

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From bright-orange Kaffir lilies to tomato-red witch hazel, match your colours for late-autumn pyrotechnics.

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