It’s that time of Year again, when the Garden starts to erupt into a sea of golds, coppers and reds. Autumn is in full swing, and we begin to prepare the Garden for the Winter ahead, with the groundwork for Spring beginning.
What is going on in the Garden during November?
This month our Gardeners are busy:
1) Taking the tender Perennials and Shrubs in the Greenhouse, where they will enjoy a few months of tropical temperatures, whilst the world outside experience the sometimes bitter cold.
2) Planting the Tulips ready for Spring. The Tulips feature quite heavily in our early Spring Garden, the first real splash of colour as we emerge out of Winter.
3) Dividing the Herbaceous Perennials, allowing them to continue to grow into the healthy, vigorous plants.
4) Cutting back the Herbaceous Perennials that have no winter interest or benefits to Wildlife.
What plants are of interest this month?
In November the Mahonia with its impressive clusters adds interest and texture to the Garden. Its bright yellow flower, helps link the Pergola Walkway to the Prairie Garden, where the Cornus stands proudly, its trunk echoing the yellow.
The head Gardener Simon’s favourite things this month is the changing colours of the leaves on the shrubs and trees. “The Garden takes on a whole new personality, with pops of colour in the most surprising of places”.
The iridescent purple berries of the Callicarpa stand out and dazzle among the green and autumn shades, and the Holly Berries help set the scene for Christmas (which is fast approaching!).
What can I do in my Garden?
Our Top Tip and reminder for this month is to plant your Tulips and Spring displays.
Not got a lot of space, or feeling unsure on how best to take on this job? Why not try planting some smaller pots or planters. Potted Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinth are a simple, yet effective way, you can help add colour to your garden in Spring.
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