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February in the Garden

The hints of Spring are around us in the garden now, as bulbs send up plump flower buds and colours return to the landscape. February is a great time to carry out pruning jobs on deciduous trees and shrubs before the buds begin to grow and new shoots could be damaged. Wisteria should be pruned and trained now to encourage even and quality flowering and to keep it within bounds. After snowdrops have finished flowering the clumps can be lifted, divided and replanted to spread them around the garden. Being transplanted with their foliage in active growth (in the green) helps them settle into their new location better. Grasses, which have been left for winter interest should be cut down to just above ground level before they start growing. They produce new growth from the base, therefore cutting them now, avoids damaging new growth as it pushes up during March. Any other herbaceous perennials that have been left for winter interest, such as Sedums, Echinacea and Verbenia should be cut down before growth begins again.
Plants of Interest this Month – Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is a small, clump-forming, bulbous perennial that produces light green grass-like leaves and nodding, white flowers with green markings. Grows happily in any soil type, aspect and exposure in partial shade. Winter Flowering Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) is a medium sized, deciduous shrub, with mid green rounded leaves and very fragrant, simple, cream flowers. It will grow in any soil type and position, expect deep shade ~ Ollie Ryan-Moore, Creative Landscapes