November

In The Flower Garden In November

Protect tender plants from frost, harsh winds and freezing rain. Move plants into a sheltered spot, a greenhouse, or consider wrapping plants and pots (bubble wrap is ideal).

Raise containers on to pot feet. This prevents the soil from becoming waterlogged.

Plant out winter bedding now.

Prune roses to avoid wind-rock. Prune them by 1/3 to half their height; this will stop them moving in strong winds and stops roots from coming loose.

Cut back any yellowing foliage from herbaceous perennials. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Protect tender plants from frost, harsh winds and freezing rain. Move plants into a sheltered spot, a greenhouse, or consider wrapping plants and pots (bubble wrap is ideal).
  • Do not prune plum trees now, wait until midsummer. Pruning in autumn will leave the trees susceptible to silver leaf fungus.
  • Spread fresh manure over vegetable beds and leave to rot down over winter.
  • It's time to prepare your garden to help wildlife through the cold months. Plenty of food, water and shelter are most important.
  • Set your lawn mower to a higher cutting-height for the winter months.