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Planting shrubs with berries will brighten the garden and encourage wildlife.
There is still time to finish planting daffodils, crocus and other small spring bulbs, as these need to be growing now. Next comes the tulips, plant in groups of five at a depth of 8”, which will allow them to naturalise over the next few years. These may be inter-planted with wallflowers, winter pansies or violas to keep the beds looking interesting. Foliage and berries are essential at this time of the year, to provide colour in the garden. Japanese acers are slow growing, with their leaves turning yellow, orange and red. Similar to the smoke bush Cotinus, Euonymus and a number of other shrubs. There has been a good crop of bright yellow and red berries on the pyracantha shrubs, also on the Rowan trees which can be white, yellow, pink, red and orange. There are a number of other shrubs with berries, so look around and choose one to brighten your garden and feed the birds as well. Prepare to take all your tender pots under cover, checking they are not harbouring any disease or
insects before housing them. Then have your fleece, bubble wrap or plant covers handy, ready to insulate them when the first frost warnings arrive. Do not lift your dahlias until the first frosts have blackened the leaves, then take them inside and store them upside down for two weeks to dry out – followed by storage in a frost free area in dry peat. Garden chrysanthemums should also be lifted and kept in moist soil, ready for taking cuttings next year. This is an ideal time to plant bare root fruit stock, roses and perennials, as the soil is still warm enough for them to establish their roots before winter arrives. Prepare the site well, incorporating organic matter if necessary.
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