Protect plants vulnerable to frost, for example, Cordylines and Evergreen Jasmine, by wrapping some fleece (which you can buy in a garden centre) around them. Once they have died back, some perennial plants, such as Penstemons and Verbena Bonariensis, can benefit from an extra mulch to help their roots from freezing.
Wrap insulation around outside taps. Hessian will do but there are products on the market specially for insulating outside taps.
Continue winter digging as long as the ground is soft enough. If the soil is so wet that it sticks to your boots then keep off it until it dries out a bit. If you have to walk on the soil while it’s wet, use planks to get across. Trodden soil is compacted by your weight and particularly if the soil is heavy clay, the air will be driven out of it. When it does eventually dry out it will be set as hard as concrete.
Fences. When the garden greenery has died back you get to see the bare bones of your garden and now is a good opportunity for adjusting or changing your perimeter fences – the backdrop to your spring, summer and autumn display. With bad weather and winter storms causing inevitable damage in some cases, many use this time for repair and maintenance of the structures in the garden. Your choice of fencing material can subtly affect the overall feel of your garden. What kind of look are you aiming for? Does your fencing need to be showy? A willow or hazel fence can give a lovely ‘cottagey’ feel. Panelled fencing can give privacy, but if not chosen carefully can lack elegance. Climbing plants can be grown to hide ugly fences, although most will require some sort of support. If you have a herb or a kitchen garden, you may need to keep out the rabbits! A well-constructed fence or wall can provide the perfect frame for your garden, be it ornamental or practical.