Maintenance Jobs for the January Garden

By the end of January, the beginnings of a new gardening year, full of promise, are starting to emerge. There are glimmers of snowdrops, brave yellow aconites, primroses and violets to be seen. The days are getting longer, albeit slowly, so, with a little more light, you can get a good workout in the garden and perhaps take the opportunity … Read More

Garden Lighting Isn’t Just for December!

People often think about lights on a Christmas tree in the December garden but why stop there? Using lighting all through the year to create a subtle glow outlining a specimen tree, to illuminate a group of plant containers, spotlight a piece of artwork or an archway, even under a blanket of snow, creates an extra element to any garden. … Read More

Sheena’s Plant for December: Ilex aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’

Known as English Holly, Ilex aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’ is a dense, vigorous, evergreen shrub, with a columnar habit. It’s largely valued for its bright red, attractive berries, useful for Christmas decorations. It grows to about ten metres tall, so this isn’t a plant for a small garden. Plant in full sun to produce the best variegation but it will … Read More

Things to Enjoy in the December Garden


December can be a wonderful month in the garden. Although the days are short, on those clear, frosty, sunny mornings it can be a real pleasure to be outside and much better for you than snoozing in front of the fire! As these days are few, treasure and make the most of them – there’s always something to do in … Read More