In The Flower Garden This January

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

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

Cut back willow trees. Remove damaged or diseased stems. Take out the oldest stems of brightly coloured willows, and thin out any overcrowding.

January is the month to start prunning rhododendrons.

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

Remove old hellebore leaves to expose the new blooms as they emerge this spring.

Top Tip:

If your honeysuckle is very overgrown, now is the best time to prune and cut back hard to encourage healthy, new growth this spring.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Now is the ideal time to start 'chitting' seed potatoes ready for planting in spring.
  • Plant any seeds ready for the early spring season.
  • Clean old pots and seed trays ready for sowing and planting.
  • Start forcing rhubarb.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by shreeding it for mulch.