Gardening by Month - January

Happy New Year! Why not kick-start a healthy 2023 in the fresh air by preparing for the growing season? Make the most of any bright days in January and venture into the garden.

You can fork in plenty of compost or rotted manure to bare patches in your borders. If you’ve planted bulbs, clear any fallen leaves and branches to give them light and space to grow. They will soon spring into life.

If you would like to perk up your winter garden, start by planting a batch of cheerful primroses. The native primrose looks gorgeous in drifts under shrubs and trees, and it tends to spread, so long as it’s in a shady spot. You can also add primroses to containers close to the house and then enjoy the view.

Garsons has lovely planted containers for your patio. Get some patio pot feet, which prevent waterlogging. Choose ready-potted bulbs and shrubs that bring instant cheer on gloomy days. Snowdrops are just coming into their own, so if you haven’t planted any bulbs you can buy them as they start to flower.

Christmas is over, but Christmas roses are coming into flower this month. Winter honeysuckle is a lovely addition to the garden with its fragrant yellow flowers. It can grow up to eight feet tall and likes a lot of space, otherwise it might not flower.

Skimmia, witch hazel and holly are at their best and are available at Garsons. You can plant them so long as the ground isn’t frozen.

Come and see the big selection of dormant trees, shrubs and perennials at Garsons. They’re ready to fill gaps in borders or to make features of in containers.

Don’t forget to keep your bird feeders and bird tables stocked up, along with an unfrozen water source for birds. A bowl of water at ground level will also be welcome.

We wish you a happy gardening year ahead!

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