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Jobs for the garden this winter

Here are a some jobs which we'll be undertaking this winter:

  • Pruning apple trees and other deciduous trees and shrubs

  • Cutting back deciduous hedges

  • Planting trees & shrubs

  • Continuing to tidy borders in preparation for spring

  • Hedge laying

  • General maintenance to pathways and compost bins for example

Why not add some colour to the garden with winter flowering plants? Some examples:

  • Helleborus niger produces lovely white flowers from December to March

  • Mahonia x media 'Charity' has upright yellow flowers throughout winter, which are a valuable nectar source for insects

  • Viburnum tinus 'Gwenllian' produces clusters of pink buds with white flowers

You could also try Cornus alba 'Sibirica' for thickets of attractive red stems