February is off to a chilly start – the recent snow and frost make for pretty winter scenes in our gardens, along with blue skies and winter sun. But even when the grey clouds and rain return, we can look out for signs of spring with snowdrops and green shoots pushing through the earth. The flowering of shrubs that do appear are all the more welcome against the backdrop of rather bare empty gardens. Notice the beautiful colours and textures of tree bark and the intricate branch shapes of the bare trees at this time of year.
Look out for...
Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter jasmine) – bright yellow delicate flowers on bare stems give cheerful colour on a winter’s day
Dryopteris affinis (Golden shield fern) – semi-evergreen shuttlecock fern, with golden green young fronds, good for moist shady borders
Camellia – many varieties, with white, pink, red flowers, glossy evergreen leaves, a popular traditional shrub in gardens
Good time to...
Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished
Spur prune Wisteria and Buddleia
Cut back deciduous grasses
Gardens in the news
Enjoy the winter gardens at RHS Wisley with amazing life-size Lego creations of 40 animals and plants. Until 3 March 2019.
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Seasonal garden tidy up in Kingston.
New garden design and build jobs underway in Wimbledon and New Malden.
Do please feel free to contact us to discuss any of your gardening needs
Toby and The Urban Gardeners team