- This is a good month to plant hedges. It’s worth looking out for bare-root plants as they’re cheaper than pot-grown ones. They’re dug up from the field and posted directly to you so they miss out on all the costs of watering and re-potting that bump up the price of container- grown plants. The availability of bare-root plants depends on the weather but they should be around until the end of February and into March.
- If you didn’t do it in autumn, this is the time to prune roses and other summer-flowering shrubs such as late clematis and buddleias. This pruning is for flowers and there’s a simple way to approach it; every time you make a cut, and always cut just above a bud, imagine a new stem coming from that bud with a season’s growth with a flower on the end of it. So if you want your flowers dotted around the plant, prune as far down to the ground as you can get.