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Your Garden in November

Your Garden in November

Gardening Jobs for November

Finish planting tulips and hyacinths as soon as possible

Plant bare-rooted trees and shrubs

Take hardwood cuttings

If severe frost is forecast, protect any vulnerable outdoor plants with cloches or fleece. Also, protect newly planted and susceptible trees with windbreaks or by wrapping in hessian or fleece

Prune climbing and rambling roses and cut back hybrid teas and floribundas to reduce wind damage

Prune wisteria to ensure and increase flowering next year

Deal with any pests or diseases which are exposed when plants lose their leaves

Prepare for winter gales by removing any dead or decaying branches from mature trees, and checking that all recently planted trees are securely staked. Also check fencing, trellis and other plant-supporting structures to make sure they'll be able to withstand high winds

Harvest vegetables including the first Brussels sprouts, cabbages, endives, kale, spinach, turnips, swedes and Jerusalem artichokes

The days may be shortening and winter approaching, but it's not time to put your feet up just yet. There's still much to do on the maintenance and preparation front. And don't forget you can still plant spring bulbs!

By this time every year you'll find the majority of our herbaceous perennials have begun to die back. As this happens, a good chop back is needed to just above ground level. A spread of mulch over the crowns will not only look tidy but will also provide winter protection, suppress weed growth and then act as a soil improver as it breaks down. A good tip to help wildlife is to leave some of the more attractive seed heads intact as they can provide food and shelter for birds, as well as looking quite pretty when covered in frost.

When you've got everything looking tidy and organised, fill in gaps by planting some spring flowering bulbs. Tulip and Lily can still be planted in November, along with winter bedding like Viola, Pansy and Primula. The earlier you get your bulbs in the ground, the earlier they will flower. Two words of advice: it's really important with Tulips to make sure they have good drainage and are deep enough within the soil. Aim to plant three times their own depth, measured from top to bottom.

For more immediate effect, winter pots will inject plenty of seasonal interest in your garden. Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' which, being evergreen, bushy and small, is ideal for pots. Panicles of red buds standing on glossy evergreen leaves will lift spirits on a cold winter's day! And a word of warning, clay or terracotta pots are prone to cracking in frost so choose frost-proof pots or raise them up by standing them on blocks to enable water to drain away.

Cornus sanguinea 'Mid-Winter Fire' is a cracking shrub that will inject a shot of much-needed colour in your garden throughout the winter season. Tough as old boots and easy to look after, they just need a hard cut-back in spring to look fantastic every year. Try planting this vivid orange shrub against a dark background, or inter-mingled with other dogwoods such as Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Red), Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' (Green) and Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Plum).

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