Chionodoxa, or glory of the snow, is a delightful small bulbous perennial which flowers in early spring. It is easy to grow and tolerates full sun to partial shade; a good one to plant under roses and deciduous shrubs.
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White flowers come into their own in a winter garden, lighting up a dismal day and reminding that soon it will be spring. What is your favourite winter white flower?
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Growing your own veg is one of the most satisfying things a gardener can do. To incorporate some space for these plants in your garden, a raised bed is the ideal solution. They come in a variety of sizes and can be sited wherever you have space: back garden, front garden or even a small one on a terrace. Our website has lots of advice: [ Link ]
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What is your biggest garden challenge, is it filling that difficult growing area or deciding what to plant in your prime sunny spot? A good way to fill any gap while you decide is to pop in a container planted with starter plants. There are so many to choose from but find a few in a colour you think will work and test it out. Just for fun, anybody know the names of all of these?
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Happy Valentine's Day, to all our lovely customers.
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We have been highlighting scent in the winter garden and the Daphne species of shrubs are surely in the Top 5 for incredible fragrance. The variety ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is a good example as it combines pretty pink flowers with a heady aroma. Daphne dislike transplanting so site well from the outset; near a path or seating area to get the benefits of the perfume.
The Phalaenopsis orchid, often referred to as the moth orchid, is a very good choice for the beginner orchid lover. The leaf thickness generally indicates the climate it needs: thick leaved orchids are from tropical climes and like it warm, whilst orchids with thin elongated leaves prefer it on the cooler side.
Wildlife, and birds especially, are such an important part of the garden. What can you do to help the birds in your garden? Lots of things: support breeding by providing the right kinds of trees and shrubs for shelter as well as purpose-built nesting boxes; cultivate flowers that provide seeds; and, in winter, increase the amount of food you offer.

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Do you know when to feed your bulbs? Don't wait until they are in flower, that is too late. Give them a feed as soon as shoots emerge above the soil.
Hardy cyclamen often get overlooked, what with all the excitement about snowdrops. But they are also a delight of the season, often planted alongside snowdrops as they thrive on banks, under trees and in shady woodland areas. Be sure not to plant too deeply and, to establish quickly, do not plant the tubers when they are in root growth.
Deciduous grasses need a good trim once a year to keep them looking their best and February is a good time. Do this by cutting back gradually, trimming from the outside with secateurs and simply pulling away dead stems from the middle. Once you have cleared the clump, and can see well enough to avoid cutting away new growth, trim all back to a few centimetres, taking care not to trim any young...
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February is a good month for pruning wisteria, while the plant is dormant. Here's how it's done: any shoots pruned in summer will now have grown a little. Cut them back again, to just above the second or third bud on each shoot (buds are the small bumps on the bare shoot which will produce new growth in spring). Now’s also the time to remove any unwanted growth, such as shoots growing from the...
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We think winter is a great time to think about the garden. Even from indoors, you may see clues about things that need doing. For example, the structure of a garden is much easier to see when things have died back so it's the ideal time to spot any gaps, or plan any changes to the landscaping or planting. What do you see when you look out your window in winter?
Last year our show garden won Silver at BBC Gardeners' World Live so naturally we are very excited about this year's show. And we have a discount code for customers! Discover everything we have planned for this amazing event, and take in all the fantastic sights, with a little help from our discount offer available now. Enter the code WGC3 on the GWL website [ Link ]

Scent in the winter garden is more varied than you might think. We are especially fond of the Chimonanthus praecox, or wintersweet, which is very unassuming in appearance but has the most delightful aroma; almost like banana milkshake! It is deciduous, easy to look after and very frost hardy. Do you have one in your garden?
An easy to grow delight of the winter garden is Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'. This flowering shrub is covered in sweetly scented rose-pink flowers on bare stems from late autumn through to the spring. It can be sited in sun or partial shade but do shelter from strong winds. Mulch around the base in winter and prune after flowering if needed.
Are you taking part in the #BigGardenBirdWatch this weekend? Here is a visual guide to many of the birds you are likely to see when out watching. [ Link ]

Birds to look out for
Time to talk tomatoes. And time to sow the seeds if you want to grow some this summer. You can find advice on how to propagate from seed on our website. But there are so many tomato varieties to choose from, which work best for you?

How to propagate
Have you signed up for the RSPB #BigGardenBirdwatch yet? It takes place this weekend and you do not need a garden to participate! It is a fantastic initiative to help better support wildlife in the UK, which is good for all of us. More info is on their website.

Everything you need to know about Big Garden Birdwatch
Muscari armenaicum, or grape hyacinths, are not a hyacinth but a wild flower which originates from the rocky terrain of southern Europe and Asia. They will grow pretty much anywhere and look lovely mixed with primulas and other bulbs in window boxes or mass them along the edge of a path where they will form a carpet of blue in early Spring.