Statistically February is the coldest month in the UK so it’s hardly surprising the that there’s still a big focus on tidying the garden this month as we wait for the spring to burst into full colour. We’re being eased in with splashes of colour from the spring bedding favourite, the primrose which is always a welcome sight.
If you’re stuck how to get your garden spring-ready this season then take a look at Sam from our Great Shelford Plant Department’s top tips for this month.
It’s not too late to cut the tatty old leaves off your Hellebores. This allows this years flowers and foliage to shine.
There are pruning jobs you can still do in February which will mean more productive plants later in the year.
Shrub and bush roses can be pruned now, new growth is showing so it is easier to see where to cut back to.
Remove dead or spindly, weak growth, and cut back by up to a third depending on how tall the plant is.
Always cut to just above a bud. Hybrid tea Roses can be cut back harder.
If you haven’t cut back your Wisteria yet doing it now can still improve flowering. The long whippy stems which grew over the summer need trimming back to two buds from the main stem. This should reduce the amount of leafy growth this year and increase the amount of flowers. Try and complete this earlier in the month to maximise its effectiveness. The end of February can sometimes see temperatures rising and growth accelerating.
Continue tidying up the borders, cutting back last years stems before this year’s growth starts to take over again. Plants like Sedum need the old stems removed quite low down so they don’t spoil the look of the plant, Doing this now means less damage to emerging new growth.
Cover the soil around your plants with a thick mulch. With lower rainfall and ground water levels decreasing in this region our plants are suffering. Improving your soil structure with organic matter such as soil conditioner, sterile manures or homemade compost will mean any water and nutrition in the soil will be retained longer and plant roots can therefore take advantage of it.
For more great advice and expert knowledge then visit our plant departments and speak to a member of the team. We’ll see you again next month for more tips to start the spring right.