Happy New Year – now is a great time to make new plans for your garden this year. Winter-time is ideal to cut back, prune and clear, to assess your garden framework. This helps visualise space and identify areas for improvement. Landscaping works, mulching and flower bed preparation can be done now, before the growing season. There are flowering signs of life – Camellias budding up, Skimmia in full flower and Cyclamen giving us a bright burst of colour.
Look out for...
Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' – small-leafed evergreen shrub with clusters of white and pink flowers
Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Dogwood) – beautiful red stem structures
Good time to...
Cut back, clear, prune and tidy
Put out water and food for birds
Book in landcaping tasks before plants start growing
Gardens in the news
The RHS predicts the plant trends of 2019, with many retro plants such as ferns now in vogue.
The RSPB is running the Big Garden Birdwatch from 26-28 January – count the birds in your garden, plus other activities to help local wildlife.
An interesting idea to put winter branches in vases instead of flowers, including pussy willow and Cornus.
New garden maintenance contracts in Coombe Hill and Kingston
Do please feel free to contact us to discuss any of your gardening needs
Toby and The Urban Gardeners team