| NOVEMBER 2017
November splendour Our gardening writer Ellen Mary brings Places&Faces® readers more useful tips
ur skies are filled with fireworks and the temperature drops as we near the end of the year, which means it’s time to finally make sure tender plants are wrapped up for protection – just like us! Keep an eye out for magical Fungi whilst walking in woodlands and enjoy all of the wonderful colours November brings along with the atmospherically cool mornings in the garden. PLANTS AND FLOWERS
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From now until March its time to plant out bare root roses. They are much cheaper to purchase than fully grown roses and they can be in demand over this period, so order soon. I love rambling roses and definitely recommend Rose Albertine. Its a really fast grower, full of pink, fragrant roses and lovely red stems. Just make sure you are prepared for the huge thorns!
Thinking ahead to Spring colour, why not grow a stunning Magnolia tree. My favourite is Magnolia Stellata with gorgeous white flowers. Whilst their flowering period is short, it’s definitely worth it and Autumn is a great time for planting. With many varieties to choose from, even if you are short of space there is no need to miss out because some can be grown in a large container. There is no need to put those hanging baskets away with so many plants to grow over Winter. Ornamental cabbages look great, along with Cyclamen and trailing Ivy. For a real burst of foliage colour, plant a mix of different Heuchera’s such as ‘Sugar Plum’, ‘Ginger Ale’ and ‘Lime Rickey’. FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
It might be cold outside but make use of any bright space inside and grow some micro greens. All you need is a seed tray and compost plus seeds such as mustard, cress or pea shoots which