In The Flower Garden In January

Now is the time to prune your wisteria, cut back summer side shoots to 2 or 3 buds.

Tidy up perennials, cut down the old stems of perennial plants like sedum, be careful of any new growth.

January is the perfect time to prune rose bushes as roses are still dormant. Cut back to just above a bud and remove any crossing or dead branches.

Remove old hellebore leaves this will make new blooms more visible as they emerge this spring.

If your garden is looking a bit bare try growing a winter flowering evergreen clematis.

Cut back ornamental grasses, clip the old foliage before new growth begins, cut back to within a few centimetres of the ground.

Remove any faded flowers from your winter pansies to stop them setting seed.

Top Tip:

Inspect stored tubers of dahlias, begonias and canna for rots or drying out.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Now is the ideal time to start 'chitting' seed potatoes ready for spring planting.
  • Clean old pots and seed trays ready for sowing and planting.
  • Plant seeds such as sweet peas, basil, chillies and iceland poppies now.
  • Start forcing rhubarb.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch.