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A Splash of Winter Colour

Winter can be a bleak and dull time in the garden, especially if you have not planned for 'winter show' from your plants (bulbs, bark, stems, evergreens). One easy way of addressing this is through pots. A sensory garden I have been working on shows how vibrant they can be. Here, the vibrancy of the pots is matched by the complimentary tones of the Heuchera's - 2 varieties in this picture matching the lime green and the pink pots. The Skimmia and grasses in the pots and the complimentary perennials, will mean that this area will provide an all year round colourful display. In this garden, the pots are also complemented by some matching bug houses - providing more of that sensory interest to

Fab 5 Gardening Jobs to do in ... January

Welcome to 18 everyone. You may all be thinking that there is little to do in the garden during the winter months, especially with January generally being one of the coldest! Well, here's 5 things that may entice you to wrap up warm and venture out. 1. If you still have your Christmas tree, consider chopping it up finely, or shredding if you have such a gadget, and use it for mulch in your garden - its FREE! 2. With the winds of last night and today, this is a good reminder to check any tree and shrub ties you may have, especially for any that are newly planted 3. If you have a pond, be mindful in freezing conditions that it does not completely freeze over. This can be harmful to fish as wel