Garden conifers – not just for Christmas

If asked to name a conifer tree in December most people might say “Christmas Tree” and many would know that the traditional conifer decorated indoors is a Norway Spruce.  But there are very many shapes, colours and sizes of conifer tree that are rather better suited to growing in our gardens than Christmas trees or Leyland Cypress hedges. Removing side...

The Winter Garden

Even though autumn held out well into November this year with some fabulous leaf colour in the sunny days we saw between the rain, December is indisputably Winter.  And whilst that means less colour in the garden, there should still be plenty of interest albeit a bit more green and with more reliance on structure and texture. It is easy...

BBC Radio Kent

I was invited to join the BBC Radio Kent Sunday Gardening programme on December 1st 2019 to talk about Plants for Winter Interest.  As a regular listener to the show it was a treat to meet Andy Garland again, the show's host and a keen gardener, and one of the Sunday Gardening resident horticultural experts Steve Bradley. Winter can easily...

Winter Pruning

Pruning is one of those ‘hardy perennial’ topics that I am asked about all year round.  Many people are aware that winter is a key time but are not exactly sure what you prune in winter or how.  In fact the most important thing to understand about pruning is Why?  This is because not all pruning is done for...