With the days beginning to get longer, sap starting to rise and buds beginning to swell, February is a season of optimism and anticipation for spring. There is plenty to do as the garden comes to life such as:
- Ensuring the birds have plenty of food and water.
- Apply organic fertilisers such as mulch, manure compost.
- Prune winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering such as winter heathers.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs that flower on new wood such as hardy fushias and buddleia.
- Prune hardy evergreen trees and shrubs such as laurels if they are overgrown. If you’re unsure whether a shrub is hardy leave it until march.
Star Plants for January
- Helleborous orientalis, evergreen perennial with various colour flowers.
- Viburnum tinus a bushy evergreen shrub with perfumed flowers and black berries.
- Camellia japonica an evergreen glossy leaved shrub with beautiful large flowers in a variety of colours this is suitable for acidic soil.