We’re nearly there! Spring is the traditional beginning of the gardening year, with beautiful spring bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as the light levels and temperatures increase.
February has already brought the first colour into your garden with snowdrops, hellebores, camellias and rhododendrons beginning to burst into life.
There is plenty to do now in preparation for the forthcoming year, such as prune climbers and evergreen hedges and tidy up those winter flowering shrubs now they are finished.
5 things to do in the garden now
1. Create that sharp edge to the planting borders: use a turfing iron or a lawn edger to cut a vertical edge to the lawn flicking the soil away from the edge to give a clean cut crisp line.
2. Prune wisterias back to two buds from the previous years growth. It looks a little harsh, but this will encourage the buds to grow and will give you a stunning spring display of abundantly perfumed flowers.
3. Prune evergreen hedges to required shape and size to encourage fresh healthy growth during spring.
4. Cut back residual growth and dead leaves on deciduous or ornamental grasses as this will reveal the new spring growth.
5. Lift and split snowdrops to replant as required. Snowdrops don’t like being moved when they are dormant, so its best to do it now while they are still green and growing.
Plant of the month:
Our recommended plant of the month is Helleborus Orientalis