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ENGLANDS EXPERTS TIPS FOR DECEMBER
There aren't too many urgent jobs to do in the garden
in December. Just tidy up any dead leaves or plant
material from lawns and beds and remove any damaged
branches from shrubs to prevent infection creeping
in. Carry on with winter digging and preparation of
new beds, to give the soil chance to break down and
settle before spring planting. Digging may also bring
to the surface any lurking soil pests, which will soon
be picked off by hungry birds.
Winter is also the time for looking through plant catalogues
and gardening magazines to try and plan what you would like to
next year. Look in other people's gardens and see what plants
are looking good in the winter. The importance of evergreens
is evident now and Leucothoe Scarletta with its' bright red winter
colour and Choisya Ternata Sundance with golden foliage blend
well with the green and variegated foliage of other varieties.
It isn't just evergreens that can look effective at this time
of year, the impact of taller grass varieties such as Stipa
gigantica and Miscanthus sinensis can be dramatically beautiful when shimmering
with frost on a bright winter morning. The dead flower heads
of hydrangeas and upright perennials such as Achillea and Rudbeckia
also have an architectural quality now, and the winter stems
are a haven for over-wintering Lacewings and Ladybirds. Any borderline
hardy perennials or bulbs should be covered with a thick protective
layer of mulch or compost, to ensure they are not damaged by
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