20 December 2018 by Dr Jane Bingham
Jane’s Jobs for January
1. Buy and plant some new plants for a New Year
- Brighten up the dull days of winter by adding cheerful pops of colour, look out for:
- Evergreens, especially those with colourful or variegated leaves: Euonymus, Holly, Leucothoe, Photinia, Pieris or blue, golden or bronze Conifers.
- Flowers: Mahonia, Sarcococca, Witch Hazel, Winter Jasmine, Cyclamen, Heather, Hellebore, Snowdrop or Winter Aconite.
- Berries: Cotoneaster, Gaultheria, Pyracantha or Skimmia.
- Stems: shrubby Dogwoods (Cornus).
- Bark: Acer Griseum, Betula Jaquemontii or Tibetan Cherry.
2. Pruning and cutting back
- Rose bushes: cut back to just above a bud and remove any crossing or dead branches.
- Wisteria: cut back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
- Apples and Pears: remove some of the oldest wood to stimulate new fruiting buds. Aim to create an open centre to your tree.
- Hellebores: remove old and tatty leaves to show off the beautiful flowers.
- Non-evergreen Ornamental Grasses: cut back the old foliage before growth begins – clip them to within a few inches of the ground.
3. Tidy Up
- Tidy sheds, clean greenhouses and wash pots, trays, labels, etc ready for spring.
- Clean moss and algae from slippery paths, treat wooden decking and furniture with preservative.
- Check fences, sheds and walls and repair if necessary.
- Reduce watering as there is little growth just now. Keep the compost barely moist.
- There is no need to feed plants until growth resumes in March.
- Plant Amaryllis bulbs in pots for stunning indoor blooms in early spring.
5. Keep warm and cosy
- Plan the vegetable plot for the coming season, include crop rotation for best results.
- Browse through gardening books and dream of a sunny growing season to come!.