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Tips for February

  • Plants for February – Euonymus x fortunei ‘Silver Queen’ (variegated evergreen), Camellia x williamsii hybrids, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ (fragrant blooms), Helleborus orientalis and Erica (winter-flowering heather).
  • Watch young seedlings under glass for drying or scorching.
  • Revive stored dahlias in damp compost for cutting.
  • Take basal cuttings from strong young perennial shoots like achillea, campanula, gypsophila and lythrum.
  • Start off tuberous begonias, gloxinias and achimenes in damp compost.
  • Force spring bulbs indoors for early colour.
  • Prune late flowering shrubs like buddleia, hardy fuchsia, Hydrangea paniculata and santolina..
  • Prune late flowering clematis to a few inches off the ground.
  • Re-shape conifers after snow and frost damage.
  • Start pruning roses mid-month.
  • Sow vegetables under cloches for early crops.
  • Plant shallot bulbs late this month.
  • Plan tomatoes and other tender greenhouse crops.
  • Force rhubarb for early pickings.
  • Plant currants, gooseberries and raspberries.

Links to interesting sites

Allotment growing

Royal Horticultural Society

Society of Garden Designers

Rock Unique

Creative Landscapes

New legislation for front garden paving

The Government is hoping to steer the public to use more environmentally friendly products in their front gardens.

From October 2008, home owners in England must apply for planning permission if they want to pave their front garden with an impermeable material, such as asphalt. Planning permission is not required if you use a porous or permeable product which will reduce flooding and its subsequent damage.