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.

4. Houseplants

  • 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!.