Gardening is all about relationships. The relationship between the garden and its surroundings, between the hard and soft landscaping and between the plants themselves. A garden is for all seasons in a succession of colour, texture and interest throughout the year.
January is the beginning of the garden year and a time for renewed energy and planning.
Jobs at this time are mostly about keeping things trim and tidy.
-Prune Wisteria, Mahonia, Viburnum, Apple and Pear trees while still dormant and shape them.
-Cut back Cornus Salix, and ornamental grasses
-Tidy up herbaceous perennial, lift and divide established plant to improve vigour. Lift divide and replant snowdrops which have finished flowering.
- Plant bare rooted roses, shrub trees and support them.
-Move deciduous trees, shrubs, provided it is not frosty or water logged.
-Plant summer flowering bulbs like lilies and gladioli.
-Plan vegetable plot, good crop rotation prevents pest and disease building up in the soil.
Sow the following seeds in a heated greenhouse for early plants.